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

Self-isolate if:

  • 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

Further information

Last updated: 10th May 2022