There are differences in the coronavirus restrictions across the UK.

Businesses and individuals should interpret and apply the guidance appropriate to them as they see fit, ensuring that they comply with any relevant legal duties. It's the responsibility of employers and the self-employed to apply a risk-based approach and implement the precautions necessary to comply fully with public health advice.

Guidelines on going to work

COVID-19 testing and isolation rules

This information applies to all areas of the UK, people are advised: 

  • that those who test positive for COVID-19 can now end self-isolation after seven days instead of the previous 10, subject to two negative lateral flow test results on days six and seven
  • that the day symptoms begin or people test positive is day zero. The next day is day one of their isolation period
  • that those without COVID-19 symptoms who have a positive lateral flow test don't need to take a PCR test to confirm their status

This information applies only to England, people are advised: 

  • the self-isolation period for anyone who develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 has been shortened to just five full days. People can leave self-isolation after five full days, but only if they take two lateral flow tests 24 hours apart and the results of both tests are negative

Implications for practice

For businesses and private practitioners working in business premises

Across the four nations, the latest COVID-19 guidance allows face to face work to resume as normal with clients in business premises, providing they are COVID-secure and risk mitigation measures are rigorously employed. 

For private practitioners working from home

If your usual place of work is your home address, and you have relevant insurances in place, then it's possible to resume work with clients in a private dwelling (home). However, it's vital that your premises are COVID-secure, you've undertaken a risk assessment and are following isolating rules after infection or close contact with an infected person.