Self-isolation rules are changing

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Under step four of the government’s coronavirus roadmap, changes to self-isolation rules are set to be introduced from next Monday (16 August). We wait to see if the government will make any changes to these plans, and if it doesn’t, it will mean that:

  • Double-vaccinated people will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.
  • Young people aged under 18 will be exempt from isolating if they are a close contact, as part of plans to ensure they can make the most of their education as restrictions continue to ease.

Double-vaccinated people and under 18s identified as close contacts will continue to be advised to take a PCR test, to detect the virus and variants of concern. Anyone who tests positive following the PCR test will still be legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of their vaccination status.

The NHS COVID-19 app will update in August in line with the new guidance on self-isolation for close contacts.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council

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