From 16 August 2021, the rules on self-isolating when individuals are identified by NHS Test and Trace as being a close contact of a positive case have changed.
The following individuals will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they are identified by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case:
- Those who have had both of their COVID-19 vaccinations. The second dose must have been given at least two weeks prior to coming into close contact with the positive case.
Anyone who meets this criteria and has been identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case is strongly advised to take a PCR test to detect the virus and identify any variants of concern. If they test positive for COVID-19 they will then be legally required to self-isolate.
Those who are over 18 and not fully vaccinated will still need to isolate if they are identified as close contacts. This is to protect themselves and others and stop the virus from spreading.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms will still be required to self-isolate and book a PCR test and remain at home until they receive their results.