Self-isolation rules change for double jabbed and under-18s

People within Northern Ireland and England who have had two Covid-19 vaccine doses will no longer have to self-isolate if you have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

You will no longer have to quarantine for 10 days, although it would be recommended to take a PCR test.

The government have advised to wear face coverings within close spaces and to try and limit contact with others where possible.

This guidance also applies to under-18s as well.

Changes to self-isolation have already happened in both Scotland and Wales.

The relaxed rules in UK and Northern Ireland will see a reduced amount of people be advised to self-isolate at home.

The Track and Trace system had sent around 700,00 alerts in just under a week in July, which saw record amounts of people self-isolating after coming into contact with positive contacts.

Many businesses have struggled throughout the pandemic who have seen many employees having to self-isolate which has impacted operations and supply chains throughout all industries and sectors. Therefore, the change in rules will be greatly appreciated by businesses to ensure they can maintain effective operations as they recover from the pandemic.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast this morning, Shevaun Haviland, British Chambers of Commerce Director General, called on government to bring forward a Covid strategy for the coming months, as well as contingency planning for the possibility of a variant evading the vaccine. She said:

“What we’d really like to see is a contingency plan in place that looks to the next 3 to 6 months. Thinking about things like booster jabs or, if we have a variant that causes cases to rise again, what kind of business support could be put in place. 

“This is really important because it gives businesses clarity and certainty which allows them to concentrate on doing what they do best – powering the economic recovery and investing in jobs. 

“We really want to see business and government looking at the longer term and thinking about things like investment in skills, in global trade and the levelling up agenda. These are the things that will help our businesses move on from just surviving and get back to growing and thriving.”