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What to do if you have to self-isolate?

If you have tested positive for Covid, have received a notification to self-isolate from the NHS Covid app or you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid, you must self-isolate.

Self-isolating is a really effective way of slowing down the spread of Covid and we thank you enormously for helping.

What do I have to do?

  • You must stay at home 24 hours a day for ten days
  • During this time, you must not go to work, school or any other public places. You cannot go out for food or exercise and you cannot be in contact with anybody who doesn’t normally live with you. 
  • If you are unable to work from home and have been asked to self-isolate, you may be entitled to a Test and Trace Support Payment of £500. 
  • If possible, stay away from other members of your household.
  • Everyone in your household must also self-isolate.
  • If you have school aged children remember to let their school know.

What if I have been vaccinated? 

  • You must self-isolate even if you have received one or two doses of any Covid vaccine. This is because you could still spread the virus to others even if you yourself aren’t experiencing any symptoms.

When should I start the 10 day self-isolation period?

Your ten-day period must start:

  • The day you first noticed symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a change in your sense of smell / taste).
  • The day of your positive Coronavirus test (if you had no symptoms before then). 
  • The day you were in close contact with somebody who now has Coronavirus.

Remember that if you develop symptoms of Covid during this ten day period, you must self-isolate for another ten days from the day that your symptoms first started. If you do not develop any symptoms during the ten days, you can return to your normal routine on day 11.

We will continue to update this information as the situation evolves. Together we can #BeatCovidNE

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