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What is isolation?

Self-isolation is when you do not leave your home because you have or might have coronavirus (COVID-19).

This helps stop the virus spreading to other people.

When to isolate

1. You have symptoms (NHS Covid-19 symptom checker). Book a test - or call 119

2. You have tested positive for COVID-19

3. You have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19*

4. Someone you live with has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19*

When you do not need to self-isolate

*As of 16 August, you will no longer be required to self-isolate after close contact with a positive case of Covid-19 if you are not showing symptoms and if;

- you are fully vaccinated (14 days have passed since your final dose of a Covid-19 vaccine given by the NHS).


- you are under 18.

In addition, those who have been part of an official vaccine trial or cannot have the vaccine for medical reasons will no longer need to self-isolate if they are a contact of someone with Covid-19.

Even if you do not have symptoms and are fully vaccinated you will be advised, as now, to take a PCR test as soon as possible, to find out if you have the virus and you may also want to consider:

  • limiting close contact with other people outside your household, especially in enclosed spaces
  • wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces and where you are unable to maintain social distancing
  • limiting contact with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable
  • taking part in regular LFD testing

The following groups are still required to self-isolate, should they be identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 PCR test result:

  • Those who have not received their COVID-19 vaccination
  • Those who have not received both doses of their COVID-19 vaccination
  • Those who have received their second dose within the last 14 days
  • Those who have tested positive following a PCR test
  • Those who have been fully vaccinated and are displaying COVID-19 symptoms (ahead of getting a PCR test).

For more information about self-isolation see Self-isolation and treating coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms - NHS (

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