COVID-19 self-isolation support

From Thursday 24 February, you will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. However, if you do test positive for COVID-19, we strongly advise that you stay at home and avoid contact with others if at all possible for up to 10 days. If you have COVID-19, you can infect other people from 2 days before symptoms start, and for up to 10 days after.

Many people will no longer be infectious to others after 5 days and you can choose to take an LFD test from 5 days after your symptoms started (or the day the test was taken if you do not have symptoms), followed by another test 24 hours later. If both test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you can return to normal activities. Please continue to report any LFD results after taking each test.

If however, the tests are positive, you should continue to self-isolate until:

a. You have completed two consecutive negative tests results
b. You have completed a 10 day self-isolation period and no longer have a high temperature

You will no longer be asked to take daily tests or self-isolate following contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Please see more information here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-people-with-covid-19-and-their-contacts/covid-19-people-with-covid-19-and-their-contacts

COVID-19 Financial support

From 24 February 2022, you will no longer be able to apply for £500 self-isolation support payments if you test positive for COVID-19. However, there are a number of ways that Halton Borough Council may be able to offer you support if you have been affected by COVID-19 – please see below for more information.

Important! If you tested positive before 24 February 2022

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 prior to 24 February 2022, can still make an application for the £500 self-isolation support payment for up to 42 days (calculated from the first day of self-isolation). Please make an application as soon as possible here - https://halton.me/self-isolation-payment-form/

COVID-19 Practical Help

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 after the 24 February 2022 (or you tested positive prior to 24 February and were not eligible for the £500 self-isolation support grant), we may be able to offer practical help such as food/heating vouchers and other essential supplies, help with transport to and from schools and support to help pay for accommodation if there is a need for an alternative place to stay due to protecting yourself or others from COVID-19. We can also put you in touch with a range of other local services that also offer advice and support.

Please contact the Public Health Team via e-mail – public.health@halton.gov.uk or telephone 0151 511 5200 for more information.

Further support and information

Please find further information on local support below: