2.12.2021 – Self-isolating guidelines – Covid 19

  1. If you live with someone who has developed symptoms or has tested positive for coronavirus (household contact)

Fully vaccinated or aged 5 to 17

You should self-isolate and take a PCR test. If your test is negative, you can stop isolating. [No longer required to book a day 8 PCR test for household contacts].

Not fully vaccinated

You should self-isolate for 10 full days. You should take a PCR test on day 2 and day 8. You should self-isolate for 10 days even if your tests are negative.

Secondary School Pupils

Secondary school pupils that are a household contact to a confirmed positive case, are advised to carry out LFD Testing for 7 days.  This is in addition to the testing process detailed above, i.e., take an immediate PCR test and to isolate until a negative result.

2. If you have been in close contact with somebody who has coronavirus (non-household contact)

If you are fully vaccinated or aged 5 to 17

You will not need to self-isolate if you do not have any symptoms. You should get a PCR test on day 2 from your last contact with the positive case (or as soon as possible) and day 8. It is important that you take these tests even if you feel well as you may have COVID-19 even if you do not have symptoms.

If you are over the age of 18 and not fully vaccinated

You will need to self-isolate for 10 full days. You should also get a PCR test on day 2 from your last contact with the positive case (or as soon as possible) and on Day 8. If the tests are negative, you will still need to self-isolate for the full 10-day period.

Children aged under 5

Do not have to self-isolate or take a PCR test if they have been a contact of a positive case in their household or otherwise.  Under 5s should not attend nursery/childcare settings if they are symptomatic or unwell.