Update: Isolation periods for close contact of those with Covid-19
15 December 2020
Isolation for those who have been in close contact with someone with Covid-19
Close contacts of someone with Covid-19 are now required to isolate for 10 days (not 14 as previously). Please note the isolation period is for a full 10 days starting the day after you were last in contact with the person with Covid-19. This means that, for example, your last contact with them was at any time on the 15th of the month your isolation period ends at 23:59 hrs on the 25th.
Isolation for those with Covid-19
For individuals with Covid-19, the isolation period remains 10 days, but this also starts the day after Covid-19 symptoms begin or a positive test result is received (if have no symptoms).
People who are already isolating
On Monday 14 December, the change to the isolation period for contacts will apply to all those who are currently self-isolating including those who commenced self-isolation before Monday.
- The updated guidance can be found here: Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- The change in guidance follows a review of the evidence by the Chief Medical Officer who states he is now confident we can reduce the number of days that individuals self isolate and that by continuing to isolate where appropriate, we can save lives.
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