Advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and self-isolation changed on 01 May 2022. A summary of the guidance is below, however please read the NHS Inform guidance, which provides more detail.

If you are unfit for work, you should not attend work. Employees should only return to work when they feel fit and well enough to return.

Self isolation

From 01 May 2022 there is no longer a legal requirement to self isolate. This is replaced with a stay at home message.

Testing positive

Some employees may still have access to LFD's. Anyone with a positive coronavirus test result, should stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days after the day of the test, or from the day the symptoms started (whichever was earlier). The start date for counting days after a positive test has changed. If you test positive you should now count the day after you took the test as day 1 of the days you should stay at home.

Coronavirus is infectious for up to 2 days before you begin to feel unwell, or the date of your test, so you should tell your manager so that close contacts at work can be advised to look out for symptoms.

Work from home if you can. Where possible alternative duties may be identified for you. If no alternative duties can be found, you should stay at home for 5 or until you feel well enough to resume normal activities and you no longer have a high temperature (if you had one). Special leave is available for up to 10 days until the end of June 2022, after which, normal sickness absence arrangements will apply. If you are unwell and unable to return to work after 10 days, then normal sickness absence arrangements will apply.

What to do if you have symptoms and have not taken a coronavirus test

The symptoms of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections are very similar. It is not possible to tell if you have COVID-19, flu or another respiratory infection based on symptoms alone. Most people with COVID-19 and other respiratory infections will have a relatively mild illness, especially if they have been vaccinated. If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19 AND you have a high temperature you are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

Work from home if you can. If you cant work from home, alternative duties may be identified for you. If no alternative duties can be found, you should stay at home. Follow this advice until you feel well enough to resume normal activities and you no longer have a high temperature (if you had one). A maximum of 10 days special leave will be available until June 2022, after which normal sickness provisions will apply.