Self-isolation

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should arrange to have a PCR test as soon as possible. This still applies even if you have received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

If you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, you should stay at home and self-isolate. From 16 August, if you are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months you will not be required to self-isolate if you are a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

You could be fined if you do not self-isolate following a notification by NHS Test and Trace. You may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme if you are required to stay at home and self-isolate or you are the parent or guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate.


What is self-isolation?

Self-isolation is when you do not leave your home because you have or might have coronavirus (COVID-19).

This helps stop the virus spreading to other people. One of the best ways to keep the number of COVID-19 cases low in Cheshire East is for anyone who tests positive for coronavirus to successfully complete their self-isolation period. 

Support through your self-isolation

If you have already indicated to NHS Test and Trace that you are in need of support, we will be in touch with you to see how we can help.

You may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme if you are required to stay at home and self-isolate or you are the parent or guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate.

When to self-isolate

Self-isolate straight away if you develop any of the main symptoms, even if they are mild, and book a test. To book a test visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus or call 119.

You should also self-isolate straight away if:

When you do not need to self-isolate

If someone you live with has symptoms of Covid-19, or has tested positive for Covid-19, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:

  • you're fully vaccinated
  • you're under 18 years, 6 months old
  • you're taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • you're not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Even if you do not have symptoms, you should still:

When we contact you to self-isolate

Contact tracing is the process of identifying all people that a COVID-19 patient has come in contact with in the last two weeks.

We will contact you as part of the local contact tracing process if:

  • you have tested positive for COVID-19
  • you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

See our test and trace privacy notice to find out how we use your data.

We will send a text message (SMS) or an email and we will phone you. We will tell you to self-isolate. We will ask who else you have been in contact with, then we will contact them to tell them to self-isolate too.

You must self-isolate if you are told to by our Contact Tracing Team. This is an important step to stop the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19. Around 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms but can still spread the virus.

You can contact the Contact Tracing Team by email: contacttracing@cheshireeast.gov.uk or phone 0300 123 5032.

The COVID-19 guidance around travelling to England from another country was updated on 4 October 2021. View the latest changes to quarantine rules for travel to England and what COVID-19 tests you need to take

More information from the NHS on Self-isolation and treating symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).