COVID-19

Latest Info And Guidance

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Rules and guidance are relaxing... as LATEST REGULATIONS AND GUIDANCE are announced by the Prime Minister. A plan to safely live with and manage COVID-19. This plan includes four main pillars:

  • Removing domestic restrictions, while encouraging safer behaviours through public health advice
  • Protecting the vulnerable through pharmaceutical interventions and testing, in line with other viruses
  • Maintaining resilience against future variants, including through ongoing surveillance, contingency planning and the ability to reintroduce key capabilities such as mass vaccination and testing in an emergency
  • Securing innovations and opportunities from the COVID-19 response

The public are encouraged to continue to follow public health advice as we begin to treat COVID-19 as other infectious diseases, such as flu. This means that from Thursday (24 Feb):

  • The remaining domestic restrictions in England will be removed
  • You will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. New guidance (not yet published) will advise people who test positive to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least five full days, and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received two negative test results on consecutive days
  • You will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if you are an unvaccinated close contact, and will no longer be advised to test for seven days if you are a fully vaccinated close contact. New guidance will set out precautions for reducing risk to yourself and others
  • Self-isolation support payments, national funding for practical support and the medicine delivery service will no longer be available
  • Routine contact tracing, including venue check-ins on the NHS COVID-19 app, will end.