Self-Isolation Rules Post 16th August 2021
The rules of self-isolation changed on Monday 16 August 2021. Those who have been double vaccinated (more than 14 days ago) or are under 18 ½ years old no longer need to self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. Instead they will be advised to take a PCR test (but are not legally required to do so) and are able to stop isolating if the result is negative.
To clarify, the definition of close contact includes those within the same household. Therefore, those who live with someone who tests positive with Covid-19, will not need to self-isolate if:
- They are fully vaccinated – having received their second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days before coming into contact with a positive case of Covid-19;
- Are below the age of 18 years and 6 months;
- Have taken part in, or are currently taking part in, an approved Covid-19 vaccine trial; or
- Are medically exempt from having the Covid-19 vaccine (further guidance on medical exemptions will soon be published by the government and we will update further once it has been finalised).
Those not fully vaccinated are still required to isolate if they are close contacts of positive Covid-19 cases. It continues to remain a legal obligation for everyone to isolate in accordance with the NHS guidance if they test positive for Covid-19. Although it is a legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive PCR rest result, it will no longer be a requirement to self-isolate whilst waiting for the PCR test results if the purpose for the PCR test is being identified as a close contact.
NHS Test and Trace will continue to contact people to let them know that they have been in close contact with a positive case of Covid-19 and will also check whether they are legally required to self-isolate. Those not legally required to self-isolate, will be given guidance by NHS Test and Trace on preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Do note that if someone develops symptoms of Covid-19, they should self-isolate and get a PCR test, and stay in isolation until the results comes back negative.
If you are an employer who is facing staffing issues due to either self-isolation or staff who are unwilling to have the vaccine, then contact me directly via Kayleigh.arthurs@GAsolicitors.com or call 01752 203500.