COVID-19 rules

New rules: COVID-19

Following the Government’s announcement on Wednesday 8 December, new COVID-19 rules will be coming into effect. The move comes as recent data shows the rapid spread of the Omicron variant in the UK.

  • Face coverings are compulsory in most public indoor venues. View the full list of places where you must wear a face covering.
  • Work from home if you can
  • Certain venues and events will be legally required to check visitors aged 18 or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or that they have an exemption. This means that those aged 18 years or over must show their NHS COVID Pass, or an alternative proof of a negative test result, such as an email or text proof, to gain entry into these venues.
  • From Monday 17th January, the self-isolation advice for people with coronavirus (COVID-19) will change. It will be possible to end self-isolation after 5 days, following 2 negative LFD tests taken 24 hours apart. The first LFD test should not be taken before day 5 of the self-isolation period and the second must be taken the following day. If an individual is positive on day 5, then a negative test is required on day 6 and day 7 to release from isolation. Day 0 of the isolation period is when you first show symptoms or, if asymptomatic, the day you took your test.
  • View the full details of the new rules on
  • View more information on how to get tested in Redbridge visit our testing page

For vaccination information, including boosters, and dates and times for vaccination clinics in Redbridge view our vaccinations page

New rules: Lateral Flow Tests

From 11 January, people who receive positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be required to self-isolate immediately and won’t be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.

This is a temporary measure while COVID-19 rates remain high across the UK. Whilst levels of COVID-19 are high, the vast majority of people with positive LFD results can be confident that they have COVID-19.

Lateral flow tests are taken by people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone who develops 1 of the 3 main COVID-19 symptoms should stay at home and self-isolate and take a PCR test.

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