When you need to isolate
If you have COVID-19 symptoms
If you develop symptoms, you must take a PCR test.
We will arrange this with you when you report your symptoms.
You must isolate until you receive a negative test result.
If you are isolating because you have symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19 or because you live with someone who has, make sure you tell us.
This is so we can look after you and our community.
If you test positive
You should stay in your accommodation and self-isolate immediately. This still applies even if you have received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
If someone in your household has symptoms or receives a positive test result
If any of these situations apply, you must take a PCR test. We will arrange this for you when you report this to us.
Each person in your household must isolate until they receive a negative test result.
If you test negative
If your result is negative and you meet one of the criteria listed below, you can end your period of isolation once you have completed this form.
- you are fully vaccinated
- you are below the age of 18 years 6 months
If your result is negative and none of these apply you must isolate for 10 days.
Even if you do not have to isolate, we recommend that you take regular lateral flow tests.
How long to isolate for
Your isolation period starts from the date you report your symptoms to us. And lasts for 10 days.
It does not start from the date you started experiencing them, unless you can provide evidence. This is because we are unable to verify when you started experiencing any symptoms.
If you develop symptoms during the household self-isolation period
Depending on your test result, you will be required to self-isolate for at least 10 days from when symptoms started.
This might mean that you end up self-isolating for up to 24 days. We will support you throughout this period.
If another member of my household develops symptoms after you have ended self-isolation
If anyone in your household develops COVID-19 symptoms after the isolation period has ended, they should arrange to have a test and everyone in the household should follow the steps in this guidance again and start isolating, even if they have had a positive COVID-19 test in the past.
If you develop COVID-19 symptoms and had a positive test more than 14 days ago, you should arrange to have a new COVID-19 test. Self-isolate until you receive the test results.
If you had a positive COVID-19 test in the last 14 days, you do not need to have another test. You will still need to self-isolate for another 10 days after your symptoms start.
If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace
You must isolate for 10 days from the date you are given. The NHS app indicates when this period ends. We may need a screen shot of this notification for our records.
You should reduce the contact you have with your household members as much as possible.
The rest of your household does not need to isolate unless you or they start to experience symptoms.