If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or if you have been contacted by Track and Trace and told to self-isolate, you are legally required to stay at home.
There are a number of reasons that someone might feel that they need to leave their home when self-isolating. However, it is important to remember that by doing so you will be breaking the law, putting others at risk and potentially costing lives. You could also be issued with a £1,000, so ensure you follow the rules.
Try to have a plan in place in case you need to self-isolate. At the bottom of this page is a simple 10 step guide to being self-isolation ready.
Here are some of the common reasons people leave the home during isolation and what support is available to prevent you needing to this:
Track and Trace said I was a close contact, but I’ve tested negative
If you have been contacted by Track and Trace you must self-isolate for length of time specified. If you take a test and it comes back negative, you must still continue to isolate.
It can take a number of days for you to develop COVID-19 yourself. This is called the incubation period. The test can only tell if you have the actual virus and not if you are incubating.
That’s why its essential for you to stay at home otherwise you could be unknowingly spreading the virus to others without realising it.
I cannot afford to self-isolate
If you are told to self-isolate by NHS Track and Trace you can apply for self-isolation payments. You will be provided with an NHS Track and Trace number regardless of if you take a PCR test, SMART test or if you are contacted as a close contact.
You can find out more about the financial support available here.
I have a medical appointment
You can not leave your home for a medical appointment if you’re self-isolating. Doing so could put others at risk.
If you’re self-isolating, try to rearrange your appointment and speak to your GP about any support you might need.
You can also have any medication delivered by contacting your local pharmacy or the Knowsley Volunteer Support line may be able to help – 0800 073 0043.
I provide care for friends and family in a different household
You can not leave your home to provide care if you have tested positive or be told to self-isolate. Try to have a plan in place for someone to pick up any caring responsibilities if you have to self-isolate.
If you need additional support, contact the Knowsley Volunteer Hub 0800 073 0043
I need to exercise or walk the dog
You can not leave the home to exercise or walk the dog when self-isolating. For exercising try to find some online workouts you can follow at home.
If possible speak to friends or family to find someone who could walk your dog. Alternatively, you can speak with the Knowsley Volunteer Hub or contact a local dog walker.