Coronavirus

Self-isolation

National Lockdown restrictions have been eased

COVID-19 restrictions in Kirklees tells you more about what this means.

When you must self-isolate

Isolate immediately if:

  • you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • you test positive (LFT and PCR tests)
  • you have arrived in England from a red list country.

If you are not fully vaccinated and are aged over 18 and 6 months you must also isolate if:

  • someone you live with has symptoms or has tested positive
  • someone you have been in close with has symptoms or has tested positive
  • you have arrived in England from Europe, USA or an amber list country.

Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed COVID-19 who do not live with the person

Guidance for households with possible COVID-19

When you don't need to self-isolate

If you are fully vaccinated or under 18 and 6 months you do not need to self-isolate if:

  • you live in the same household or have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19
  • you have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • you are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons.

You still need to take a PCR test. If the test is positive you must self-isolate.

Get tested immediately if you have symptoms

Main symptoms of COVID-19

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms:

  • A high temperature - this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous, dry cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Don't delay - the test must take place in the first 5 days of your symptoms so request a test a soon as you have symptoms.

Book a test through Test and Trace:

Getting a PCR test
Isolate with symptoms

Advice if you are fully vaccinated

Even if you are fully vaccinated, you can still be infected with covid-19 and pass it on to others. If you are identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 but you are not required to self-isolate, you can still help to protect others. As well as getting a PCR test you could:

  • limit close contact with people outside your household, especially in enclosed spaces
  • wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and where you are unable to maintain social distancing
  • limit contact with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable
  • take part in regular lateral flow testing

You should follow this advice until 10 full days after contact with the person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Other exemptions

Fully vaccinated people travelling from Europe and USA

Fully vaccinated people arriving in England from Europe and USA do not need to quarantine.

More information:

Arrivals fully vaccinated from Europe and USA


Some employees do not need to self-isolate

Employers providing these services can request an exemption for named employees, regardless of their vaccination status.

The Government will contact the employer, who will then let its employees know.

  • Supermarket depot workers
  • Food manufacturers
  • Police staff
  • Firefighters
  • Border Force staff
  • Transport and freight workers.

What they must do instead of self-isolating

People who are exempt must take a daily rapid lateral flow test.

Get a rapid flow test:

Rapid lateral flow testing

Why self-isolation is important

  • You stop the chance of giving the virus to someone else.
  • If you live with other people it's possible you will pass it onto them. They must also self-isolate with you so they don't pass it on to other people.
  • By doing this you are containing the virus within your home. You stop yourself from spreading it to friends and family that don't live with you and also to the community you live in.

People who have COVID-19 can infect others up to 2 days before symptoms start, and for up to 10 days after.

People who are a contact of someone with the virus are at higher risk of developing COVID-19 in the next 10 days.

What to do when you self-isolate

  • Don't leave your home or have visitors.
  • Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble must also self-isolate. Make sure you tell them.

What to do if you need support

Get in touch with COVID-19 Community Response if you need support.

You may also be entitled to a Test and Trace support payment if you are isolating because you have been contacted by Test and Trace.

Find out about support available:

Apply for a Test and Trace support payment COVID-19 Community Response
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