COVID-19: Self-Isolation & Social Distancing
What is self-isolation?
It is no longer the law in England to self-isolate if you have COVID-19, but you are still encouraged to, this is to help stop the spread.
Self-isolation is when you stay at home because you have or might have coronavirus (COVID-19).Self-isolation is different to:
- social distancing – general advice for everyone to avoid close contact with other people
- shielding – advice for people at high risk from coronavirus
When to self-isolate
- you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
- you've tested positive for coronavirus
- Please read the full GOV.UK guidance on staying alert & safe (social distancing).
- Get answers to common questions about what you can and can't do on GOV.UK.
Last updated: 10th May 2022
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