COVID 19 Help with Self-Isolating

The Government has now announced its plan for how people in England should 'Live with COVID-19'.

From Thursday 24th February, the Government has announced people will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they test positive for COVID-19.

However, the Government is advising people that until Friday 1 April, that if they test positive they should stay at home.

They advise adults and children who test positive to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least five full days and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received two negative test results on consecutive days.

Also from Thursday 24th February, people will not have to take daily tests or be legally required to self-isolate following contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.


The Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme window to make a claim has closed as of 6 April 2022.

Help with self-isolating

If you or someone you know has to self-isolate due to a positive coronavirus test, isolating doesn't mean you should be isolated

We're here for you, so get in touch with Sefton's self-isolation support service right away on 0345 140 0845. Once through, please choose OPTION 3 to make sure you speak to a member of our team as quickly as possible. 

The things we can help you with include:

  • financial support if you are on low income and unable to work from home (Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme);
  • accessing food, whether through priority delivery slots for your grocery shopping or access to your local foodbank;
  • help with mental health as you deal with loneliness and boredom;
  • your caring responsibilities.


What is self-isolation?

Self-isolation is when we do not leave our home because we have or might have coronavirus (COVID-19). It helps stop us from spreading the virus to other people.

We are all legally required to self-isolate for 10 days if we test positive for coronavirus or are told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. We could be fined up to £10,000 if we do not self-isolate.

Self-isolation is different to:

  • social distancing – general advice for everyone to avoid close contact with other people
  • shielding – advice for people at high risk from coronavirus

Last Updated on Wednesday, April 6, 2022

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