Individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19 will be able to end self-isolation after 7 days, provided they have two negative lateral flow tests (“LFT”) 24 hours apart on day 6 and day 7. If either LFT is positive, the individual can continue to take LFT 24 hours apart and end isolation following two consecutive negative tests. However, isolation should not be ended for those still experiencing symptoms. The rules with regards to self-isolation following unvaccinated people being in close contact with positive cases, remains unchanged (i.e. 10 days).

The laws regarding the above will be updated when Parliament returns after Christmas therefore the rule change will be guidance in the interim and will be a “reasonable excuse” under the current law to end self-isolation early.