Current Guidelines Explained

A summary of government guidelines and practical advice to prevent you from getting COVID-19 and to help keep you and those around you protected.
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Latest changes to guidelines and rules

For the very latest guidelines and updates please visit Here are the latest updates:

  • The government has removed the legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. Although the legal requirement has been removed it is still advised to stay at home and self-isolate if you have COVID-19. You should avoid contact with other people to help stop the spread of the virus.
  • If you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you don’t have to take daily tests and you are not legally required to self-isolate. It is still advised to do so if you can however, especially if you are feeling unwell.
  • The Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme has come to an end as of the 24th February 2022.
  • Staff and students in most education and childcare settings no longer need to test twice a week.
  • From 1st April free testing for the general public will come to an end.
  • Some children aged 5 to 11 can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if they have a condition that means they are at a high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 or they live with someone who has a weakened immune system.
  • Face coverings and face masks are still required in health and care settings. This includes hospitals and primary or community care settings, such as GP surgeries and when receiving your vaccine. They must also be worn by everyone visiting care homes.

The best way to prevent yourself from getting COVID-19, getting seriously ill and spreading it to others is to get fully vaccinated.

Treating COVID-19 at home

Covid affects everyone differently. Having the COVID-19 vaccine ensures that you are less likely to get a severe case. Most people with COVID-19 feel better within a few weeks. Find out more about managing the symptoms of COVID-19 at home. To look after yourself during your recovery it helps if you:

  • Get lots of rest
  • Drink plenty of fluids (water is best)
  • Take paracetamol or ibuprofen if you feel unwell
  • Try honey to help soothe a cough and sore throat
  • Try breathing exercises if you feel breathless
  • Open a window and wear thin layers if you feel hot

If you are worried

If you are worried about yourself or anyone else in your household seek immediate medical attention. If it’s not an emergency, visit or call 111.

If it’s a medical emergency, and you need to call an ambulance, dial 999. Tell the operator that you or someone in your household has COVID-19 or symptoms.

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