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When should I self-isolate?

What to do if...

Find out below what you need to do in the following situations. The latest government guidance can be found here.


I have Covid-19 symptoms

Please complete a reporting form to tell us if you have one or more of the following symptoms: a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. You should book a test as soon as possible to check if you have Covid-19. 

Please stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have the test.

Please inform your line manager and agree how you will remain in touch. 

If you receive a positive test result then please submit a new reporting form to confirm this.

I have tested positive for Covid-19

If you test positive for Covid-19 you will still need to self-isolate regardless of your vaccination status or age. When self-isolating, follow the stay-at-home guidance. This will help reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19 to other members of your household and community. You must stay at home at all times and not have contact with other people. There are only very limited circumstances when you do not have to do this, such as seeking medical assistance. If you do leave your home during your period of self-isolation for a permitted reason, you should maintain social distancing and keep two metres apart from other people.

When should I self-isolate?

You must self-isolate if you are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace. This remains the law, regardless of your vaccination status.

You’re not required to self-isolate if you live in the same household as someone with Covid-19, or are a close contact of someone with Covid-19, and any of the following apply:

  • You’re fully vaccinated
  • You’re below the age of 18 years, six months
  • You’ve taken part in or are currently part of an approved Covid-19 vaccine trial
  • You’re not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons.

In the circumstance that you live in the same househould as somone with Covid-19, it is now strongly advised to take an LFD test every day for seven days. If any of these tests are positive, you should self-isolate. NHS Test and Trace will contact you to let you know that you have been identified as a contact and check whether you are legally required to self-isolate.