England is now subject to National lockdown: Stay at Home restrictions. You must stay at home.
How to self-isolate and protect Portsmouth
Our Protect Portsmouth guide to self-isolating will help you know what to do if you need to self-isolate.
You must self-isolate if you have coronavirus symptoms, have tested positive or are contacted by Test and Trace as you may have been infected – even if you don’t have symptoms. You must also self-isolate if you live with or share a support bubble with someone who has symptoms or tested positive.
Self-isolating is hard but it is really important to stop others from getting ill. If you don’t self-isolate when you should, you will be breaking the law and could be fined.
Self-isolating is much stricter than the instruction to stay at home that we’ve seen set out under national and local restrictions. If you’re self-isolating, you should not leave the house for any reason – other than to get a coronavirus test if you have symptoms.
If you tick one or more of the boxes below, you must stay at home and self-isolate:
Most people will need to self-isolate and not leave home at all for 10 – 14 days. You can find out more on the NHS website.
If you’re self-isolating it’s really important to do what you can to help protect others at home from coronavirus. Here are a few simple things you can do:
If you have coronavirus symptoms, you should book a test by calling 119 or visiting Gov.UK. The symptoms are:
You might not get much notice that you need to self-isolate, especially if you’re contacted by NHS Test and Trace or the Covid-19 app. As soon as you know you need to self-isolate you must stay at home. Don’t be tempted to nip out to the shops to stock up on food and essentials for the next two weeks.
It’s a good idea to plan ahead and make sure you already have essential items at home. It might be a few days before you can get supplies, from friends, family or local support services. Think about having:
It might also be helpful to think about how you will keep yourself entertained for two weeks and stay comfortable if you’re feeling unwell.
There is help at hand if you’re worried about self-isolating, if you need help getting essentials like food or medicine, or if self-isolating will cause financial difficulty.