Living with Covid-19
Central Government announced the ‘Living with Covid’ phase of the Covid-19 response. It aims to maintain the population’s wall of protection and encourage people to follow safer behaviours to manage risk whilst having the ability to scale back up a response should it be required.
Below is a summary of changes and guidance to be aware of:
Legal requirement to self-isolate has ended
- This will be replaced by guidance for people with Covid-19 to stay at home and avoid contact with others – self-isolation support payments will also end
- There will be specific guidance for staff in particularly vulnerable services, such as adult social care and healthcare
- The advice for fully vaccinated contacts and those aged under 18 to undertake daily testing, and the legal requirement for contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate, will end
- This will be replaced by guidance for close contacts on what they can do to limit the risk of infection to themselves and others
- The recommendation for symptomatic people to take a PCR test remains until the end of March
Free testing for most people will end from 1 April
- There will be some limited ongoing free testing with limited symptomatic testing available for a small number of at-risk groups
- Free symptomatic testing will remain available to social care staff
The way in which Covid-19 is transmitted has not changed. Reduce the risk of catching and passing on Covid-19 by:
- Getting vaccinated
- Letting fresh air in if meeting indoors, and meeting outside where possible
- Wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces
- Staying at home and away from workplaces or crowded indoor places if unwell
- Taking a PCR test if displaying Covid-19 symptoms and staying at home and avoiding contact with other people if testing positive
- Washing hands regularly
Guidance on regular asymptomatic testing for staff and students in education settings has also ended.
More information is available on the Gov.uk website.
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