Self-isolation requirements are to be removed for double vaccinated close contacts from 16th August

Adults and children will be free to return to work, attend school, and meet friends and family as the protection from vaccines replaces the need for contact isolation from Monday

Adults and children will be free to return to work, attend school, and meet friends and family as the protection from vaccines replaces the need for contact isolation

Double-jabbed Brits will no longer be required to self-isolate from Monday the 16th of August, the Government has confirmed.

Under-18s will also be exempt from quarantining, but both groups will be advised to take a PCR test as soon as they’ve been contacted by NHS Test and Trace (individuals will not be required to self-isolate while they wait for the results of the PCR test).

Adults who are not fully vaccinated will still need to isolate if they get an alert, and everyone will still have to isolate if they test positive, to protect themselves and others.

Anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms should also self-isolate and get a PCR test, then remain in isolation until the result comes back.

This relaxation comes amid concerns that the high number of people having to self-isolate in recent weeks has affected staff levels and forced businesses into closing, along with the remarkable success of the UK’s vaccine programme, with over three quarters of UK adults now double jabbed.

As double jabbed people identified as close contacts are still at risk of being infected, people are advised to consider other precautions such as wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces, and limit contact with other people, especially with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable.

If this alert has raised questions or you need to discuss any other health & safety related issue do not hesitate to contact your health & safety consultant or the main office for advice / assistance.