Changes to self-isolation guidance from 16 August
Find out about changes to UK government self-isolation guidance from 16 August 2021.
England moves to Step 4 from 19 July
As we move to step 4 on the roadmap out of lockdown, the government has emphasised caution. The latest government messaging is that COVID-19 remains a serious health risk. It’s important to stay alert and continue to take safety precautions help protect yourself and others.
- Meet up outside or if you’re indoors open windows or doors if you have visitors.
- If you think you might have COVID-19 symptoms, take a PCR test and stay home.
- Wear face coverings in crowded places to help protect others.
- Check in with the NHS COVID-19 app when you’re out.
- Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds with soap.
- Get vaccinated if you are 18 or over.
Find out how to stay safe and help prevent the spread
From 19 July, most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 are no longer in place.
- There is no requirement that you keep 2 metres apart from people you don’t live with and there are no limits on how many people you can meet.
- The legal requirement for people to wear face coverings has also been lifted; however, the government expects and recommends that people do continue to wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
- All remaining closed businesses and venues such as nightclubs are permitted to reopen and all capacity limits at sporting, entertainment, or business events are lifted.
- Hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants and bars are no longer required to provide table service or follow other social distancing rules.
It is important to remember that we are still in a pandemic. COVID-19 is still circulating in our community and numbers of positive cases are high and rising. Please consider the actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe. We all need to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. The below key protections remain in place:
- Testing for people with COVID-19 symptoms and regular, targeted symptom-free testing in education settings, high-risk workplaces and to help people manage their personal risk.
- The requirement that people self-isolate when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace. From Monday 16 August, you do not need to self isolate if you are notified by NHS Test and Trace that you are a close contact of a postive case if you are under 18 or if you have had both COVID-19 vaccination doses, with the second dose being at least two weeks before you were in contact with the postive case. A government-funded Test and Trace Support Payment scheme is available for people on low incomes who are unable to work while they are self-isolating because they cannot work from home.
- Border quarantine measure for all travellers arriving from red list countries and for those people not fully vaccinated arriving from amber list countries.
More information about the lifting of restrictions from 19 July is available on the government website.