Self-isolation. What you need to know
If you are required to stay at home, you can find information from the NHS about self-isolation. The government has also issued guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus.
Isolating following a positive test or having symptoms
- If you have symptoms of coronavirus you should isolate immediately to stop the spread of the virus and protect family, friends and your community and get a test. You can get a test via the Government website.
Isolating if you are identified as a close contact
- People who are double jabbed or aged under 18 are no longer legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead, you are advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible. Anyone who tests positive following the PCR test will still be legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of their vaccination status.
- If you are not double jabbed and over 18 you must still isolate for 10 days if you are identified as a close contact by NHS test and trace.
- Children who are aged under 5 years old who are identified as close contacts would only be advised to take a PCR test if the positive case is in their own household.
- Further information on the isolation rules can be read here.
More about self-isolating
- When self-isolating, do not go to work, school or any other public spaces. Any exercise should be taken within your home, and you should ask friends or family to buy food or other essentials.
- It is vital that you play your part and follow the rules around isolation. Breaking them can lead to a fine of up to £10,000 for repeat and flagrant violations.
- Self-isolation is different to previous lockdown rules. The reasons why you could leave your house during lockdowns do not apply to self-isolation.
- Self-isolation prevents you from passing on the virus to your loved ones, the people you work with, your neighbours and your community.
- Anyone can catch coronavirus and anyone can spread it. We all have a crucial part to play in keeping the number of new infections down and protecting our loved ones.
Help and financial support
Help is available to support you to self-isolate if you need it through our Wyre Together community hub.
A support payment scheme is now open which will see eligible people able to claim a £500 payment to help them self-isolate. There are criteria you must meet. Find out if you’re eligible and apply using our self-isolation payment form