Close Contact, Self-Isolation Rule Change Update for England Announced (Updating advice in LTB 333/21): Close Contact, Self-Isolation Rules for Northern Ireland Announced
Further to LTB 333/21 issued on 12 August, a further announcement by the UK government has been made, further amending the Close Contact, Self-Isolation Rules for England. This updates the advice published in LTB 333/21.
The Northern Ireland administration have now announced their rules on the subject on close contact self-isolation also.
Royal Mail Group have accordingly issued management guidance and this is to update CWU Branches and Reps.
The further change to the rules for England only (as published in LTB 333/21) is in respect of those people who are already or currently self-isolating. The rule now is that people who are fully vaccinated (that is they have had their two vaccinations jabs) and their self-isolation period began before 16 Augustand was due to end after 16 August, will now be able to end the self-isolation on 16 August and return to work, so long as they have no Covid-19 symptoms. Currently in the other the nations of the UK (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) people should continue to self-isolate.
Under-18s will no longer have to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of someone with Covid-19. Instead, PCR tests will be used to test if someone is positive, as set out in LTB 333/21 although guidance is different across the nations.
Northern Ireland Self-Isolation New Rules from Monday 16 August 2021 (announced yesterday 12.08.21)
- Fully-vaccinated (two vaccinations) people who are a close contact of a Covid-19 case will no longer have to self-isolate
- Close-contact people will still be advised to take a PCR test on day two and day eight.
- People who test positive, must continue to self-isolate, even if they do not have symptoms.
- RMG Communication 12.08.21 on new Self-Isolation Rules for England(Update) and Northern Ireland.
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer