Latest Government Guidance as at 1 Apr 2022:
Free universal testing ends for the general public as part of the next steps for living with COVID-19 as set out on Tues 29 March, by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid. This is the government’s strategy to live with and manage the virus.
Updated guidance will advise:
• adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature
• children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend
• adults with a positive Covid-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice will be 3 days
• adults and children are no longer required to wear face masks in schools
All other school systems and procedures, removed during Covid, are now back in place.
The fastest way to get a test result is to go to a testing site. Individuals will need a pre-booked appointment or they will not be given a test. People can also order home test kits to be sent directly to them. To book an appointment or order a home kit, please visit https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.