Michael welcomed the changes to self isolation rules starting from today: self-isolation requirements have ended for double-jabbed people and under-18s (who come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19) in England and Northern Ireland – as we continue to move from short term restrictions to the longer term protection supported by our world leading vaccine programme.
From today, instead of quarantining for 10 days, those who are double vaccinated will be advised to take a PCR test if they have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. They are also advised to limit contact with others and wear a face covering in enclosed spaces.
The success of our vaccine programme and the heroic efforts of our NHS and key workers are allowing us to continue cautious steps towards normal life.
Michael said "It's great that the vaccination rollout has gone so well, and I welcome these changes to self isolation rules, meaning that fewer people will need to stay at home if they have come into contact with a positive case".