When will self isolation rules change? Do we still need to self isolate after 19th July when restrictions lift

Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently announced that almost all legal Covid restrictions in England will end on 19 July.

The lifting of Covid restrictions in England includes the end of social distancing measures and the wearing of face masks.

But will the rules regarding self-isolation change?

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The lifting of Covid restrictions in England includes the end of social distancing measures and the wearing of face masks (Photo: Shutterstock)

When will self isolation rules change?

In England, the requirement to self-isolate if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace will remain in place until 16 August.

It will then be relaxed for those who are fully vaccinated and for the under-18s.

When someone is notified about their contact, NHS Test and Trace will ask if they are fully vaccinated.

Self-isolation rules will change on August 16. (Graphic: Mark Hall/JPI Media)

If they are, then they will be advised to take one PCR test as soon as possible to make sure they haven't been infected. As long as that test is negative, and they don't develop symptoms, then they won't need to take further PCR tests.

However, anyone who tests positive or develops symptoms will still need to self-isolate, regardless of their vaccination status.

Those who have a second Covid vaccine dose close to 16 August will have to wait two weeks after the jab before following the new rules. This is in order to allow the vaccination to take full effect.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to update the public on Covid-19 rules during a Parliamentary statement on Tuesday (13 July).

Policies under review include the requirement for people who have come into contact with someone with the virus to self-isolate for 10 days.

Currently, NHS Covid contact tracers will call to tell you if you’re a close contact, or you will be notified via the Protect Scotland app.

In that case, you need to self-isolate for 10 days, even if your test comes back negative.

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In Wales, you should self-isolate for 10 days if you have any symptoms or have tested positive for Covid, but do not have any symptoms.

If you do not have any symptoms but have tested positive, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days, starting from the day after you took the test.

You can stop self-isolating after 10 days even if you still have a cough or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. These can last for a couple of weeks.

In Northern Ireland, if you have symptoms of or have been diagnosed with Covid-19 you must self-isolate at home for the required amount of time.

If you have been confirmed as a close contact of someone with Covid you are also required to self-isolate.