COVID-19 'Stay at home' guidance

Colleague update 1 May 2022

COVID-19 update for City of Edinburgh Council colleagues

Self-Isolation is being replaced with ‘Stay at Home’ guidance and this applies to all City of Edinburgh Council colleagues.

Positive COVID-19 test

If you have a positive COVID-19 test:

  • if you're 18 and under, you should stay at home for three days (day 1 is the day after you took your test)
  • if you're over 18, you should stay at home for five days (day 1 is the day after you took your test).

Identified as a close contact

If you've been identified as a close contact, you can end daily LFD testing on 1 May and you may leave isolation if you feel well. If you later develop a temperature or feel unwell with respiratory symptoms, you should follow the revised guidance to ‘stay at home’

Symptoms of a respiratory infection (including COVID-19, and have not taken a COVID-19 test)

If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19, and you have a high temperature or do not feel well enough to go to work or carry out normal activities, stay at home and avoid contact with other people, until you no longer have a high temperature (if you had one) or until you no longer feel unwell.

Highest Risk List

There is separate guidance for people who have been informed by the NHS that they are at highest risk of becoming seriously unwell and who might be eligible for new COVID-19 treatments on the Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for people on the Highest Risk List pages on the website.

Who can get a free NHS COVID-19 test

From 1 May 2022, most people no longer need to take a COVID-19 test and should follow guidance on staying at home if unwell, this is because testing is now being used in a targeted way in order to protect people at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, and those who may need extra medical care.

However, you can still access a test if:

  • you work in health or social care settings
  • you have a health condition which means you’re eligible for new COVID-19 treatments 
  • you're going into hospital for surgery or a procedure
  • you're visiting a hospital or care home
  • you're an unpaid carer (this is someone providing face-to-face care to someone due to a disability, long term health condition or old age)
  • you're applying for the self-isolation support grant

Others who are eligible can access tests online on the Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests pages on the website or by calling 119.

Guidance is available on how to take a LFD test on the website. LFD test results should be reported online on the website.

Further information can be accessed on the NHS Inform website.