Rules and guidance
You are no longer legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. However, still stay at home if you can and avoid contact with other people to help prevent the spread of the virus.
You do not have to take daily tests or are legally required to self-isolate following contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme has ended but, if you were told to self-isolate before 24 February, you can still make a claim up to 6 April.
People are no longer be advised to work from home, face coverings are no longer be mandatory in non-NHS indoor venues and organisations are able to choose whether to require NHS Covid Passes
All international arrivals to England must follow these guidelines.
Face coverings continue to be compulsory on all NHS sites. Face masks, and hand sanitising products, are available at all main entrances to our sites. Social distancing and visiting restrictions also remain in place. These measures will help to keep all visitors, patients and staff safe. Thank you for your co-operation and continued support of the NHS.
Please continue to seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse).
Help stop the spread of COVID-19
Practice good hygiene
- wash your hands more often than usual for 20 seconds each time, or use hand sanitiser gel
- avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel
- test if you have symptoms.
The primary symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- high temperature (37.8 degrees or more)
- loss or change of taste or smell
- new continuous cough.
If you have any of the three symptoms above, get a free PCR test to check if you have COVID-19. You can order a test kit to be sent to your home or book an appointment at a walk-in or drive-through test site.
If you have symptoms, stay at home until you get your results.
Easy read information:
Protect your loved ones with the official NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app for England and Wales.
Anyone aged 16 or over who lives in England or Wales can use the NHS COVID-19 app. It has a number of features:
- Trace: find out when you've been near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus.
- Alert: lets you know the level of coronavirus risk in your postcode district.
- Check-in: get alerted if you've visited a venue where you may have come into contact with coronavirus, using a simple QR code scanner. No more form filling.
- Symptoms: check if you have coronavirus symptoms and see if you need to order a test.
- Test: helps you order a test if you need to.
- Isolate: keep track of your self-isolation countdown and access relevant advice.
The NHS COVID-19 app is free to download on your smartphone from the App Store or Google Play. The app runs on proven software developed by Apple and Google, designed so that nobody will know who or where you are. And you can delete your data, or the app, at any time.
To obtain a COVID-19 pass, download the NHS app. The app allows you to download a COVID-19 pass as proof of vaccination which you may need to use to access venues and locations that require proof of vaccination.1
Your COVID recovery and long COVID1
Evidence shows that a significant proportion of post COVID-19 patients are likely to have significant on-going health problems, notably breathing difficulties, tiredness and cough, reduced muscle function, reduced ability to undertake physical activity and psychological symptoms such as PTSD and reduced mood status.
Your Covid Recovery is a NHS website designed to help people recover from the long-term effects of COVID-19 and support them to manage their recovery. It includes information from rehabilitation experts about how to manage on-going symptoms and health needs at home, and signposts to sources of support.
It also includes information on returning to work, and a helpful section for family, friends and carers of people who are recovering.
Find out more about our Post-COVID Syndrome (PCS) service which provides specialist support for people who have on-going symptoms of COVID-19 for 12 weeks or more, known as 'long-COVID'.1