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Information about self-isolation

Self-isolation is when you do not leave your home because you have or might have coronavirus (COVID-19). You must not go to school, nursery, other childcare settings, work, or places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Self-isolate immediately if you:
  • have any of the three classic COVID-19 symptoms
  • have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days
  • live in a household with someone who has any of the three classic COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days
  • have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
You do not need to self-isolate if you are experiencing one of the extended list of COVID-19 symptoms and are awaiting a test result. However, children and adults with diarrhoea or vomiting should remain off work or school until they are symptom free for 48 hours even if their COVID-19 test is negative.

​If you test positive for COVID-19, your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you do not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days. Anyone you live with will also need to self-isolate at the same time.

If the person who has symptoms has a negative test, self-isolation can end for everyone, children may return to school and parents can return to work if they are well enough and as long as nobody else in the household has developed symptoms.

Receiving a negative test result when you are a contact of a case does not shorten the isolation period, you will still be required to isolate for 10 days if you are a confirmed contact of a positive case.

If your child has been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case they must complete the 10 day self-isolation period even if they receive a negative test result.

The vaccination does not change the requirements in place for reducing transmission, and the restrictions in place for self-isolation at this time.

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.