NHS Test and Trace in the Workplace


This guidance sets out what to do if you or someone you employ is required to self-isolate. This includes being contacted by NHS Test and Trace, self-isolation rules and financial support.


It has been updated to reflect changes to the self-isolation guidance. The self-isolation advice for people with coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed. It is now possible to end self-isolation after 7 days, following 2 negative LFD (lateral flow device) tests taken 24 hours apart. The first LFD test should not be taken before the sixth day.


Main messages

Businesses should:

  • Support workers if they are required to self-isolate.

  • Support workers to follow the wider stay at home guidance to keep themselves and others safe.

  • Continue targeted asymptomatic testing in high-risk workplaces.

  • Display an NHS QR code poster and have a system for non-digital users, so that people can be notified if they may have been exposed to the virus.

  • Improve ventilation.

  • Advise those who have tested positive to identify close contacts, so they can follow the relevant public health guidance.

This guidance explains how employers and businesses can maintain continuity. It is available here.


UK Health Security Agency December 2021

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