Reduced Isolation Period

There has yet to be an update to the DfE schools’ guidance but the national guidance was released on Friday. The major change to this guidance is altering the date people can leave isolation (following 2 negative tests, which must be taken 24 hours apart);


From Monday 17th January, people self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative on both day 5 and day 6 and do not have a temperature.


It is important to note the difference in messaging around this new change:

  • Under the previous guidance, people understood the isolation to be 7 days and it was on Day 7 that it was possible to leave isolation (following two negative tests, taken 24 hours apart)


  • Under the guidance that comes into effect today, it is a requirement to self-isolate for 5 full days, therefore people cannot leave isolation on Day 5 but they can on Day 6 (following two negative tests, taken 24 hours apart)