Following the changes to the rules about self-isolating on Monday 16 August, under 18s and those who are double vaccinated no longer have to self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who has (or thinks they may have) COVID-19.
You should still self-isolate straight away and get a PCR test (a test that is sent to the lab) as soon as possible if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.
You also have to self-isolate if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19.
If you do have to self-isolate and are on a low income you can still apply for a NHS Test and Trace Support Payment.
To get a payment you must –
- Be in low paid employment or self-employment,
- Have a job you cannot do from home, and
- Will lose income because you are self-isolating.
You must also be getting at least one of these benefits –
- Universal Credit,
- Working Tax Credit,
- Income Related Employment and Support Allowance,
- Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance,
- Income Support,
- Housing Benefit,
- Pension Credit.
This scheme will give people on a low income whose wages are reduced because they have to self-isolate up to £500.
If you do not qualify but would like to know more about other support available, you can:
- see Bristol City Council’s Get help page,
- call 0800 694 0184, 8.30am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.