Covid-19 Latest Guidance

From Monday 17 January 2022, the 10-day self-isolation period for vaccinated and unvaccinated people in England who have tested positive for coronavirus can be reduced to 6 days.

People who receive negative results from rapid lateral flow tests taken 24 hours apart on day five and day six of their self-isolation period will no longer have to self-isolate for the full 10 days. Negative results from rapid lateral flow tests before day five do not apply.

Those who leave self-isolation on or after day six are strongly advised to limit close contact with other people in crowded or poorly ventilated spaces, work from home and minimise contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19.

Fully vaccinated adults and under 18s who are close contacts of a COVID-19 case will be asked to do a daily rapid lateral flow test every day for 7 days instead of isolating. If they develop symptoms or have a positive lateral flow test, they will need to isolate for up to 10 days.

All adults in England aged over 16 are now eligible for a COVID-19 booster three months after their second dose. Our website has detailed information on how you can get your COVID-19 vaccination in Newham. 

The government has announced that the measures put in place under Plan B in England will be lifted. This means:

  • The government is no longer asking people to work from home if they can. People should now talk to their employers to agree arrangements to return to the office.
  • From 20 January, face coverings will no longer be advised for staff and pupils in secondary school and college classrooms.
  • From 27 January, face coverings will no longer be advised for staff and pupils in communal areas of secondary schools, nor for staff in communal areas of primaries.
  • From 27 January, there is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering. The government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet.
  • From 27 January, venues and events will no longer be required by law to check visitors’ NHS COVID Pass. The NHS COVID Pass can still be used on a voluntary basis.