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Information about self-isolation

​​​​​​​​Find the latest information on self-isolation guidelines​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window on the Welsh Government website.

Self-isolation is when you do not leave your home because you have or might have COVID-19. You should not:
  • go to work
  • go to school
  • go to the shops (even to buy food or essentials)
  • go to anyone else’s house
  • go to public places or places of worship
  • use public transport or taxis
  • go out to exercise
Self-isolate immediately if you:
Please continue to be vigilant when it comes to looking out for the symptoms. If you are in any doubt, book a PCR test online​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window or by calling 119.

You should remain in self-isolation until you receive your test result.

Close contacts and self-isolation

If you have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and you are:
  • An adult who has received both vaccinations in the UK
  • Under the age of 18
You do not have to self-isolate if you are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

You will receive guidance from NHS Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) contact tracers about how to protect yourself and depending on the circumstances,  you may be advised to self-isolate.

  • Try to minimise contact with others and avoid crowded settings, particularly indoor settings
  • Consider using lateral flow tests on a daily or more regular basis for the time you would otherwise have been self-isolating
  • Do not visit vulnerable people such as those in care homes or hospitals
  • Inform your employer that you are a contact of case of COVID-19
  • Work from home if you are not already doing so
  • Pay extra attention to thorough and regular hand washing and wearing a face covering

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms at any point, no matter how mild, regardless of your age or vaccine status, you should immediately self-isolate and arrange a COVID-19 PCR test.

Financial support during self-isolation

The Self-Isolation Support Scheme​ is available to help working people on a low income who cannot work from home and will lose earnings when told to self-isolate by TTP. The scheme is also available for parents and carers on low incomes with children who are self-isolating.