Health advice and self-isolating

From 16 August you will not be required to self-isolate if you have been a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 if you can meet specific conditions.

If you’re not fully vaccinated or have COVID symptoms, you must stay at home for ten days.

You can leave home:

  • If you have received a complete course of the coronavirus vaccination (currently two doses), provided that the contact takes place more than 14 days after you have completed the full course of vaccination


  • Or if you are under 18

You will be advised to get a PCR test instead of self-isolating. Also consider avoiding contact with clinically extremely vulnerable and wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces and limiting close contact outside of your household.

However, if you have COVID symptoms you should get a PCR test and self-isolate until you get the results regardless of whether you are full vaccinated or your age. If you have a positive COVID test you need to continue to self-isolate.

If you are told to self-isolate by Test and Trace you must self-isolate even if you think you are exempt.

If you work in the NHS or in social care or with vulnerable people, your employer will advise you on any additional requirements needed which they will risk assess.

For more detailed information on exemptions see the guidance on GOV.UK, Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.