Following the COVID-19 outbreak earlier this year, we’ve been inundated with new restrictions to our daily lives. These restrictions are updated often; with new ones imposed based on changes in the number of positive cases locally and nationally. The sheer number of guidance (and changes) can make it difficult to know what you can and can’t do when it comes to coronavirus. This guide of frequently asked questions aims to solve this!
I’ve been told by Track and Trace to self-isolate, what do I do?
If you’ve been told by Track and Trace that you’ve been in contact with someone who’s tested positive for COVID-19 you must:
- Self-isolate for 14 days from the last day you were in contact with the person
- Not leave your home for any reason – arrange for essential items to be dropped off at your home
- Not have any visitors to your home, except if you require essential care
- Avoid contact with those you live with as much as possible – those you live with and those in your support bubble do not need to self-isolate
What if I develop symptoms during self-isolation?
If you develop symptoms during self-isolation you must:
- Get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible
- Those you live with should self-isolate until you get your test result back
- Those in your support bubble should self-isolate until you get your test result back
What if my test comes back negative for COVID-19?
- Continue to self-isolate for the remaining 14 days since you were in contact with the person who’s tested positive for coronavirus (you may develop symptoms after the test result)
- Those you live with can stop self-isolating if they don’t have symptoms
- Those in your support bubble can stop self-isolating if they don’t have symptoms
What if I don’t develop any symptoms during self-isolation?
- You can stop self-isolating after 14 days since the last contact with the person with coronavirus
- You don’t need to get a COVID-19 test
When should I get a COVID-19 test?
You should ONLY request a COVID-19 test if you have coronavirus symptoms:
- A new, continuous cough
- High temperature
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Or, if you’ve been asked to get a test i.e. for work.
How do I get a COVID-19 test?
If you have symptoms, you must get a test within the first 5 days of having symptoms. You can get tested at a testing site or by requesting a home test kit.
Visit GOV.UK or call 119 to find out your local testing centres or to order a home test.
While you’re waiting for the test results, you and anyone you live with and those in your support bubble must self isolate.
I have symptoms and my COVID-19 test is positive, what do I do?
- If you have coronavirus symptoms and you’ve had a COVID-19 test that’s come back positive, you need to self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of the symptoms
- If you feel better after 10 days, you can stop self-isolating
- If you don’t feel better after 10 days, continue to self-isolate until you feel well
What if I can’t get a test within 5 days of developing symptoms?
- If you’re unable to get a test within 5 days of developing symptoms, you and anyone you live with and those in your support bubble must self isolate
- You must isolate for 10 days since the onset of your symptoms
- Those in your household and support bubble must isolate for 14 days since the onset of your symptoms
What is a support bubble?
You can form a support bubble with a single adult living alone (or with children under 18). As a support bubble, the adult can form part of your household meaning you can visit each other, visit places together and stay overnight.
As a household, you can only have one support bubble – so choose wisely!
When can I use public transport?
Under the new restrictions in Bolton, you can only use public transport for essential purposes such as for work, education and essential appointments e.g. medical appointments.
I live in Bolton but work in another area of Greater Manchester, what do the new restrictions in Bolton mean for me?
If your workplace is open, you can still travel in and out of Bolton to get to and from work, including via public transport.
Can I still meet my friends and family?
Under the new restrictions in Bolton, those living in Bolton cannot meet anyone else outside of their household or support bubble, either within Bolton or elsewhere. Specifically, you must not:
- Meet up with people you don’t live with in their house or garden
- Travel to meet others outside of Bolton in their house, garden or other venues i.e. shopping centres
- Meet up with anyone not in your household or your support bubble in outdoor or indoor areas i.e. parks
- Invite people to your house or garden if they’re not in your support bubble
I’m going to be a university student in Bolton, can I travel to and from campus buildings via public transport?
Yes, under the guidance, you can use public transport to travel within Bolton for educational purposes.
Can I travel outside of Bolton to go to a shopping centre with those in my household? (not travelling via public transport)
Under the new restrictions, you can travel outside of your area, but you cannot meet people outside of your household or support bubble indoors or outdoors.
How should I wear a face covering?
Your face covering must fully cover your mouth and nose and must not be loose-fitting.
- Don’t wear a damp or damaged face covering
- Don’t remove your face covering to speak, cough or sneeze
- Don’t share your face covering with others
- Don’t touch the front of your face covering
Can I go on holiday?
You can go on holiday both abroad and within the UK but only with those in your household or support bubble. You’ll need to follow the rules in the areas you visit and depending on where you visit, be required to self-isolate on your return. Check out GOV.UK for more info.
What does ‘Hands, Face, Space’ mean?
The recently announced ‘Hands, Face, Space’ message includes three actions we should all do to protect each other.
- Hands: continue to regularly wash your hands
- Cover face: wear a face covering in required enclosed spaces
- Make space: maintain 2 metres from others not in your household or support bubble.
You can keep up to date with the local restrictions in your area here.