People with COVID in England will not need to self-isolate


Written by Adonis Hakk

March 10, 2022

Two years after the first COVID restrictions were imposed in England, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced to end of all remaining legal rules concerning the pandemic. It means that people with COVID will not need to self-isolate after testing positive for COVID-19.

However, people are still advised to avoid contact with other people for five days and then test negative through a coronavirus test two days in a row. This recent change is part of the UK government’s “living with COVID” strategy as the country strives to transition back to normality.


Mr. Johnson clarified that while he scrapped the legal requirement to isolate after testing positive for COVID 19, it is still imperative to be cautious and safe. He also added, “We’ve reached a stage where we think you can shift the balance away from state mandation, away from banning certain courses of action, compelling certain courses of action, in favour of encouraging personal responsibility.”

But despite the positive intention behind the change in restrictions, scientists expressed their concerns about how it might lead to more infections and the emergence of new variants. They are even troubled for sick people forced to return to working onsite. Scientists also cautioned against removing the provision of free rapid antigen tests distributed during the surge of COVID-19 cases. Mass testing was proven to be effective in slowing the spread of the virus.

Along with self-isolation, mandatory mask-wearing and social distancing have also been scrapped in England since late January. Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland have also relaxed some of their coronavirus restrictions, but slowly as they have their own public health rules.

Johnson’s Conservative government’s widespread vaccine rollout and the gradual decrease in omicron variant cases also lead to the ease in restrictions. In Britain, 85% of people aged 12 and above have had two vaccine doses, most having had their third shot, also known as a booster jab.

Furthermore, the mandate for self-isolation for at least five days after testing positive for COVID-19 will instead be replaced with advisory measures. Accordingly, the UK will begin treating COVID-19 as other infectious diseases such as flu as it becomes endemic.

Current Changes in England

  • As routine contract tracing ends, fully vaccinated close contacts under 18 years of age will no longer need to test daily for seven days.
  • Free PCR and rapid antigen tests for people will end and instead be targeted toward vulnerable individuals.
  • People experiencing COVID symptoms will need to exercise personal responsibility when deciding whether to self-isolate until they are still advised to do so.
  • UK government will not recommend venues to use NHS Covid Pass. Guidance on Covid passports will also end.
  • Physical shops and businesses implement measures to limit the spread of the virus.

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