Coronavirus - national lockdown measures in place

New measures came into place across England on 5 November to help protect people, businesses and the NHS and prevent the spread of Covid-19.

More information about the lockdown can be found on our Covid-19 advice pages

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Got symptoms or need to self-isolate?

If you have symptoms

Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has any of the following:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Check the NHS website if you have symptoms

When do you need to self-isolate?

  • If you or someone in your household has any coronavirus symptoms, or you receive a positive test result, you must isolate immediately for 14 days. You should only stop isolating if you receive a negative test result after having coronavirus symptoms.
  • If you are identified as a contact of a positive case, you must isolate for the full 14 days since your point of contact - regardless of whether you develop symptoms or not and even if for some reason you receive a negative test result. When self-isolating, do not go to work, school or any other public spaces.
  • Any exercise should be taken within your home, and you should ask friends or family to buy food or other essentials.

Legal requirement to self-isolate

People across England are required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. Failure to comply with these requirements, including employers who do not allow employees to self-isolate, may result in a fine of at least £1,000 and up to £10,000 for repeated or serious offence. 

Support for people required to self-isolate - Test and Trace Support Payment

From 28 September, people with symptoms are required by law to self-isolate. The Test and Trace Support Payment of £500 will ensure those on low incomes will be able to self-isolate without having to worry about their finances. You can make a claim up to 14 days after the period of self-isolation has ended.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.
  • Be currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.
  • Be employed or self-employed.
  • Be unable to work from home and will lose income as a result.

People who are not currently receiving any of the qualifying benefits, but meet all the other eligibility criteria and can demonstrate they will suffer financial hardship, should also complete an application, as you may be able to receive a discretionary payment. 

Full guidance on payments and eligibility criteria is available on the GOV.UK website.

How to apply

Information you will need to provide:

  • Contact details including full address and telephone number
  • Employer’s name and address or proof of self-employment
  • National Insurance Number
  • NHS notification number
  • Full bank account details

Apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment

More information

Get further advice at

Also see Coronavirus homepage

Page owner: Vanessa de Chazal. Last updated: 05/11/2020 13:08

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