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Updated isolation rules from 30 July 2020

On 30 July 2020, the Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock announced changes to the rules on isolation for those with symptoms of, or who had tested postive for Coronavirus.

The previous 7 day isolation has been changed for these people.

The updated rules are summarised below.

If you have symptoms of Coronavirus or have tested positive for Coronavirus

You must self-isolate for at least 10 days

You must self-isolate for at least 10 days if:

  • you have symptoms of coronavirus and tested postive or had an unclear result or did not have a test
  • you tested positive but have not had symtoms

The 10 days starts from the day your symptoms started or the day of your test if you have no symptoms.

You can stop self-isolating after 10 days if you feel okay

You can stop self-isolating after 10 days if:

  • you no longer have any symptoms
  • you just have a cough or changes to your sense of smell or taste as these can last for weeks after your infection has gone

You must keep self-isolating if you feel unwell

If after 10 days you have any of these symptoms, you must continue self-isolating until these symptoms have gone:

  • high temperature or feeling hot and shivery
  • runny nose or sneezing
  • feeling or being sick or having diarrhoea*
  • loss of appetite

* if you have diarrhoea or sickness you must stay at home until 48 hours after they have stopped.

If you have live with someone who has symptoms of Coronavirus or has tested positive for Coronavirus

You must self-isolate for at 14 days

You must self-isolate for 14 days if you live with or are in a support bubble with someone who :

  • has symptoms of coronavirus and tested postive or had an unclear result or did not have a test
  • has tested positive but has not had symtoms

The 14 days starts from the day their symptoms started or the day of thier test if they have no symptoms.

It can take 14 days for symptoms to appear.

You can stop self-isolating after 14 days if you do not get any symptoms

You can stop self-isolating after 14 days if you do not get any symptoms.

You must keep self-isolating and get a test if you get symptoms

Get a test to check if you have coronavirus if you develop symptoms whilst you are self-isolating.

If the test is negative, you must keep self-isolating for the rest of the 14 days.

If your test is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the day your symptoms started even if this means you self-isolate for longer than 14 days in total.

More information on when to self-isolate and what to do as well as how long to self-isolate is available on the NHS website.

30 July 2020