The Need To Self-Isolate After A Positive Covid Test May Be Scrapped In March

The rule could be scrapped completely after a review in March.

Earlier in the pandemic, it was a requirement to self-isolate for 14 days following a positive Covid test. This was then reduced to 10, then seven and now five days (provided you provide two negative lateral flow tests).

Come March 24, however, the need to isolate after testing positive may not exist at all. Today (January 19), Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced ‘Plan B’ Covid measures, including working from home and mask-wearing, would be scrapped next week.

Johnson confirmed that current isolation rules are to remain, but revealed that they were due to expire on March 24. He stated his wish for this to be final date of self-isolation rules, which would mean those testing positive could go to work and attend social events.

This policy is not set in stone, but will likely to be subject to a vote in the House of Commons before they expire. It would, of course, completely change the nature of the pandemic in England.

As of next week, Covid measures will be limited to the current isolation rules and the need to take a test upon returning from abroad.

Read about the current restrictions, isolation rules and travel requirements.