Self-Isolation Guidance for COVID-19 Contacts (England)

I posted earlier this morning about the new legal duty to self-isolate that applies in England.

In addition to updated Guidance for households, linked to that post, Public Health England has also issued Guidance for COVID-19 Contacts (who are not Household Members) – here.

Note the new law sets out legal duties for notified persons – these are the person who tested positive (and that person must supply the names of their household) and their contacts meeting the definition of having been in close contact. The law does not set out legal duties for household members. In practice, household members and close contacts might be difficult to distinguish.

Guidance now exists for

– Households – here.

– Contacts – here.

Public Health England definition of ‘contact’ is not the same as ‘close contact’ set out in the England self-isolation law.

If you are a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, then you will be notified by the NHS Test and Trace service via text message, email or phone. If you are notified, please follow the guidance in this document closely.

If you have not been notified that you are a contact, this means you do not need to self-isolate and should follow the general guidance, for example, social distancing, hand-washing, and covering coughs and sneezes.

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