5. Help is available for people instructed by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate
People across England are now required by law to self-isolate if they are asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace, either because they have tested positive or they have been identified as a contact. In England, failure to comply with these requirements, including employers who do not allow employees to self-isolate, may result in a fine of at least £1,000 and up to £10,000 for repeated or serious offences. This is for individuals who have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace on or after 28 September 2020.
If you or someone in your household has coronavirus symptoms, stay at home and begin to self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms start. Arrange to have a test for COVID-19 if you have not already had one. The result of the test will determine how long you must stay at home and self-isolate.
• Everyone with symptoms, no matter how mild, can get a free test.
• A positive test result means you must complete a 10-day isolation period.
• If your test is negative, you can stop self-isolating as long as you are well.
• If you do not have symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19, stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days from the day the test was taken. If you develop symptoms after your test, restart your 10-day isolation period from the day the symptoms start.
• People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has had a positive test will be contacted and told to stay at home for 14 days from the point of that contact, even if they do not have symptoms. This is to minimise the risk that they unknowingly spread the virus.