New Legal Duty to Self-Isolate (England)

From 12am this morning, 28 September 2020, a new legal duty exists to self-isolate if notified (by persons identified in the legislation) as being a person who has (a) tested positive for COVID-19 after 28 September 2020 or (b) had a close contact after 28 September 2020 with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

The notified person must self-isolate (for the period and as stipulated in the Legislation), and must also notify each person living in his/her household. The Legislation does not set out legal duties for household members.

The Legislation – The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self- Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI 1045) – is here.

Close contact means –

(1) having face-to-face contact with someone at a distance of less than 1 metre,

(2) spending more than 15 minutes within 2 metres of an individual,

(3) travelling in a car or other small vehicle with an individual or in close proximity to an individual on an aeroplane.

Please note the duties on Employers.

The Stay at Home Guidance is also updated 28 September – you will see this has instructions for household members. The status of the document is Guidance. The document is here.

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