Staff briefings

Friday 7 January - COVID-19 self-isolation guidance

Changes have been made to the COVID-19 self-isolation rules, as announced by the First Minister this week.

Positive cases

Positive cases are adviced to self-isolate for 10 days. However, if the individual returns two consecutive negative Lateral Flow (LFD) tests taken at least 24 hours apart with the first test no earlier than day six they may end isolation before the end of the 10 day period if they have no fever.

Close contacts

Close contacts who are fully vacinated, having received three doses of the vaccination (plus 14 days) or are aged 18 years and four months, can take daily LFD tests for seven days instead of isolation, provided that the tests are negative and they remain without symptoms. If someone has not received three doses of the vaccination, they will need to book a PCR test and even if it is a negative result, they will need to isolate for 10 days.

Self-isolation FAQs

Frequently asked questions on self-isolation are available.

Health and Social Care workers

Staff working in care homes and social care should follow specific national guidance on self-isolation, which is available on the Scottish Government website.