Test, trace and isolate

The test, trace and isolate steps continue to play an important role in managing Covid in our community by preventing the virus spreading.


It remains a legal requirement to self-isolate ( (this means not going to work, to the shops or any other public space or allowing visitors into your home) for ten full days* if you:

  • Test positive for COVID-19.
  • You have symptoms of COVID-19. Find out more about what to do if you receive a negative test result.
  • You are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive (in place until at least 16 August).
  • You are advised to self-isolate via the NHS Test and Trace team.

*From the first day with symptoms. If you do not have symptoms on the date a test was taken; isolate from the last day you were in contact with the person who tested positive. If you do not have symptoms but later develop symptoms, restart your 10 day self-isolation from the date your symptoms started.

If you are advised to get a PCR test because you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should continue to self-isolate for the full ten days even if you receive a negative result.

The household of a close contact does not need to stay at home, but are urged to keep taking all the necessary steps to keep safe.

If you suspect a possible breach of self-isolation legislation by an individual you can report this via the Constabulary website.

If you are concerned about a business not adhering to the self-isolation rules you can also speak to your local Environment Health team. Find your local council - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

Page updated: 22/07/2021 Page updated by: Gloucestershire County Council

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