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Self-isolation rules changed (again!)

Posted by HR & Employment Team

The government have now announced more changes to the rules on self-isolation (because it wasn’t confusing enough!)

As of today 22nd December 2021:

People infected with Covid in England can stop self-isolating up to three days early if they test negative twice, this will allow you to end quarantine after seven days instead of 10 by providing a negative lateral flow result on both day six and day seven of your self-isolation.

This change has been introduced in the hope to minimise disruption caused by the rapid spread of the Omicron variant and the recent spike in cases, which have created staff shortages for a number of businesses.

The new guidance can be used by people who are isolating after testing positive for Covid, regardless of their vaccination status.

However it is advised (not imperative) that those who are not double-jabbed will still have to isolate for the full 10 days if they are a close contact of a positive case.

You should not end isolation early if still experiencing symptoms, and people that are ending their isolation on day seven are strongly advised to limit contact with vulnerable people, not visit crowded or poorly ventilated spaces, and work from home where possible.

These rules mean someone who tests positive on either day six or seven will still be able to end isolation after two negative tests 24 hours apart on the following days. With two such tests, someone can end their isolation after the second negative test taken on day eight, nine or 10 of the isolation period.

It is encouraged that you report any lateral flow results to the government, but it is understood this will not be required to leave isolation.

Fully-vaccinated people who come into contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus have already been advised to take a lateral flow test every day for seven days.

If you need any help with the confusing subject of managing self-isolation, or anything else HR-related, don’t hesitate to give our friendly team a call on 0161 603 2156 or drop us an email at [email protected] to see how we can help!

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