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Publication - Advice and guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test and Protect

Last updated: 2 Mar 2022 - see all updates
Published: 18 Feb 2021

Information and support for people who are asked to self-isolate because of COVID-19, including the Self-Isolation Support Grant (£500).

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test and Protect
Staying safe if you’ve ended isolation

Staying safe if you’ve ended isolation

You should self-isolate at home for the full length of time you are asked to.

Even if you’re fully vaccinated, you can still get coronavirus and pass it on to others.

If you’re a close contact who can end self-isolation, you can help protect others by following our guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread.

You may consider:

  • limiting close contact with other people outside your household, especially in enclosed spaces
  • wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces and where you cannot maintain physical distancing
  • limiting contact with anyone who is at highest risk
  • taking part in lateral flow device testing, beyond any required LFD tests in what would have been your isolation period
  • not visiting people in care homes or hospitals until 10 days after contact with a positive case, unless essential and agreed with care home or hospital staff in advance
  • if you work in health and social care, you should follow the guidance specific to these settings

First published: 18 Feb 2021 Last updated: 2 Mar 2022 -