Self-isolation for Coronavirus (COVID-19)


ACAS has reviewed its guidance on self-isolation and COVID-19. It notes that someone must stay at home (‘self-isolate’) if:

  • They have Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have tested positive.

  • They are told to self-isolate by an NHS test and trace service.

  • Someone in their household has symptoms or has tested positive.

They could get fined for breaking the law if they do not follow self-isolation rules. Those who cannot work because they need to self-isolate must inform their employer as soon as possible.


Somebody that needs to self-isolate must stay at home for at least 10 days.

Where an employee or worker has to self-isolate, the employer should:

  • Send them home immediately, if they're at work.

  • Support them while they’re at home, including their wellbeing and mental health.

  • Consider making changes to the workplace to stop further spread.

If an employee or worker is not able to work because they're ill with COVID-19 or cannot work from home while self-isolating, they must get any sick pay they're entitled to.

Someone might have to self-isolate more than once during the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers should support them in the same way each time, says the guidance.


It is available in full here.

ACAS May 2021



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