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Self-Isolation Help and Guidance


The legal requirement for positive cases to self-isolate in England ends on 24 February.

We still encourage you to stay at home if you do test positive and avoid contact with others.
It is important we practice safe behaviours to limit the spread of COVID-19:
  • Getting vaccinated, this is still our strongest form of defence. Remember, you can view our upcoming vaccination bus stops and drop in clinics here:
  • When indoors with other people, keep the room well ventilated.
  • Wear a face covering in crowded and encloses spaces (particularly in places with people you do not regularly meet)
  • Try to stay at home if unwell.
  • Take a test if displaying COVID-19 symptoms, and staying at home and avoiding contact with others if you test positive.
  • Wash your hands regularly and follow advice to ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’.

There is different guidance for staff in particularly vulnerable services, such as adult social care, health care, prisons and places of detention.

For further guidance on current self-isolation rules please visit Self-Isolation Guidance

What is self-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.

If you are self-isolating you avoid:

  • your workplace, school or public places
  • public transport or use taxis
  • going out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home
  • having visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care
  • going out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one

Help and Support while you’re staying at home


  1. Download our self-isolation guidance leaflet here, as pictured above

To support people on a low income whose earnings are affected by the need to self-isolate, the Government have set up a Test and Trace Payment scheme.

Useful Links Self-Isolation Guidance
Activities for families during self-isolation
Creating a family routine during self-isolation