The government is removing all remaining domestic restrictions in relation to Covid-19. There is no longer a legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive for Covid-19 – however, people are still being asked to stay at home if they can and avoid contact with other people. Daily Covid-19 testing and self-isolation following contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 is no longer a legal requirement.
The Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme has ended (those told to self-isolate before 24 February make a claim until 6 April).
Advice continues to be provided of the steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of catching and spreading Covid-19 such as getting vaccinated, meeting outside or letting fresh air in if meeting indoors, wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces, and getting tested if you have Covid-19 symptoms and stay at home if positive.
The government has published a plan for removing the remaining legal restrictions while protecting people most vulnerable to COVID-19 and maintaining resilience. The document outlines how the government has and will continue to protect and support citizens by: enabling society and the economy to open up more quickly than many comparable countries; using vaccines; and supporting the National Health Service (NHS) and social care sector. It also sets out how England will move into a new phase of managing COVID-19 as well as how the government will ensure resilience, maintaining contingency capabilities to deal with a range of possible scenarios.
Changes have also taken place in Wales – face coverings are no longer a legal requirement except in shops, health and care settings, and on public transport, and people do not have to show their NHS COVID Pass at venues and events.