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.
- 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 NHS website.
- It is vital that you play your part and follow the rules around isolation. Breaking them could now lead to a fine of up to £10,000 for repeat and flagrant violations.
- If you or someone in your household has any coronavirus symptoms, you should isolate immediately.
- If you have symptoms you should get a test. If you receive a positive test result, you must isolate for 10 days.
- If you are identified as a contact of a positive case, you must isolate for 10 days since your point of contact - regardless of whether you develop symptoms or not and even if you receive a negative test result.
- 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.
- Everyone needs to take responsibility and follow the rules to stop the virus spreading, but where they do not, the police will enforce the law.
- Self-isolation is different to lockdown. The reasons why you can leave your house over lockdown 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.
- Anybody in your household could need to self-isolate with little warning so have a plan in place in case, so you feel confident you could cope.
- 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.
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