Clarifying the Updated COVID Self Isolation Rules

You will have seen in the news that the isolation period required following a positive Covid test is being reduced with effect from Monday, 17thJanuary.  The MIA sought to clarify exactly how this applies in practice on a call with the BRC and BEIS yesterday.

To be eligible to take advantage of the reduced period of isolation an individual must be able produce two negative Lateral Flow Tests (LFT), separated by at least 24 hours.

As an example if an LFT is taken on day 5, and another taken 24 hours later (on day 6), and both produce a negative result the isolation period can be ended and normal life can resume.  Depending on what times the tests are taken this could allow a return to work on day 6.

Anything which potentially reduces the length of staff absences can only be positive for all business, and this is a useful step in the right direction towards Covid being less disruptive.

We are regularly attending these calls which take place on a weekly or fortnightly basis depending on the amount of change, and we’ll keep updating you on any new information.  If there is anything you would like us to raise next time, please drop an email to Matt.

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