Latest COVID advice and SKDC service updates

Updated 24 February

The Government has announced that the UK will now rely on vaccines and treatment and has set out its Living with Covid plan.

This means that currently:

  • people with Covid are not legally required to self-isolate
  • official advice is that those who test positive stay at home and avoid contact with others for at least five full days
  • self-isolation support payments of £500 for those on low incomes have stopped
  • contact tracing has ended - people in contact with someone with Covid no longer need to self-isolate or take daily tests
  • workers are not required to tell their employer if they need to self-isolate
  • face coverings are not mandatory on public transport, but still encouraged

From 1 April:

  • PCR and lateral flow Covid tests will no longer be free for most people
  • Covid passports will no longer be recommended, except for international travel
  • employers will no longer have to consider Covid as a separate risk when working out how to keep employees safe

It is important to remember that it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated.

Preventive measures include getting tested and self-isolating if required

National Guidance Support for Businesses
Asymptomatic testing for everyone Self Isolation Support Payments Test and Trace requirements for business National\Local Restrictions Support Grant Household Support Fund (HSF) Grant

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