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Coronavirus: What's Changed - What is self-isolating?
Coronavirus - What is self-isolating?

To reduce the spread of Coronavirus, there are rules that require those who test positive, those with symptoms who are awaiting a test and certain other people to self-isolate.

‘Self isolating' is not the same thing as 'social distancing’ or 'shielding'.

Latest information on who must self-isolate here - for England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland.

Proving self-isolation

To relieve pressure on GPs, measures have been put in place for employees to obtain medical evidence from NHS 111 rather than their own GP. 

'Isolation notes' are for people who:
  • have symptoms of coronavirus or have tested positive
  • live with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, and they are not fully vaccinated
  • have been told to self-isolate by a test and trace service or the NHS COVID-19 app

The isolation note provides them with the evidence that their employer needs to be able to pay Statutory Sick Pay (assuming the worker meets the qualifying criteria).

People unable to work for more than seven days because of coronavirus (COVID-19) can obtain an isolation note through the online service: NHS 111 online.

For the first seven days off work, employees can self-certify so they don’t need any evidence for their employer. After that, employers may ask for evidence of sickness absence. Where this is related to having symptoms of coronavirus or living with someone who has symptoms, the isolation note can be used to provide evidence of the advice to self-isolate. 

The isolation notes can be accessed through the NHS website.

After answering a few questions, an isolation note will be emailed to the user. If they don’t have an email address, they can have the note sent to a trusted family member or friend, or directly to their employer. The service can also be used to generate an isolation note on behalf of someone else.

Note that people who need to claim Universal Credit or Employment and Support Allowance because of coronavirus will not be required to produce a 'fit note' or an 'isolation note'.

Test and Trace Support payment

Test and Trace Support Payments may be available to workers (employed or self-employed) who are getting certain benefits and who have tested positive for Covid -19, or their child has, and who are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result

More here.