Self-Isolation period increased to 10 days for those who have symptoms or are diagnosed with COVID-19

31 July 2020

NHS guidance pages have been updated to reflect the changes to isolation periods if you have symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19

Previously, the government advised that those who had symptoms of COVID-19 or who had tested positive for the virus, had to self-isolate for a period of seven days and could cease isolation after this period if they felt well.

With reports of a possible “second wave”, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson advised that the seven days would now be extended to ten days and as such, NHS guidance has been updated to reflect this change.

If someone in your household or ‘bubble’ has symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19, then the rules remain the same and you are advised that you must self isolate for 14 days. A 14-day isolation period also applies if you have been told by the NHS track and trace system that you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

Employers should be reminded that Statutory Sick Pay is payable from day one where an employee must self-isolate for one of the above reasons. For employers who had fewer than 250 employees on 28 February 2020 across all PAYE payroll schemes, up to two weeks of SSP can be reclaimed via the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme.

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