COVID-19 - When to Self Isolate

Applying for a New Assignment or Continuing an Existing Assignment During Covid-19: 

When to self-isolate and what to do 


Self-isolation is different to:

If you believe you or someone you live with are at high risk from Coronavirus please let us know as soon as possible and follow the guidance in the link above.


The purpose of this document is to help you determine whether you are in a position to: 

  1. undertake interviews in person with hirers 

  2. commence assignments on site 

  3. continue on an existing assignment 

If any of the situations outlined in this document apply to you and you believe you should self-isolate, you must let us know immediately to confirm how your application and assignment can continue.

What is self-isolation?

Self-isolation is when you stay at home because you have or might have coronavirus (COVID-19).

This helps stop the virus spreading to other people.

When to self-isolate

Self-isolate if:


For information about self-isolating when you come to the UK, the latest Government advice here


How to self-isolate 

You must not leave your home if you’re self-isolating.

Get a test if you have symptoms 

If you have symptoms, get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.

The test needs to be done in the first 5 days of having symptoms.

Tell people you’ve been in close contact with that you have symptoms

You may want to tell people you’ve been in close contact with in the past 48 hours that you might have coronavirus.


What does close contact mean?

Examples of close contact include:

They do not need to self-isolate unless they’re contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service. But they should take extra care to follow social distancing advice, including washing their hands often.

If they get any coronavirus symptoms, they must self-isolate and get a coronavirus test as soon as possible.


How long to self-isolate 

If you have symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus, you’ll usually need to self-isolate for at least 10 days.

You’ll usually need to self-isolate for 14 days if:

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