Living with Coronavirus

The government has launched its 'living with Covid' plan, bringing an end to isolation laws later this week and mass free testing from 1 April 2022.
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Information correct as of 1 April 2022 - for the most up to date guidance visit the government's website. 

Living with Covid-19 plan

The government has published its plan for living with Covid-19 

From 24 February 2022

You will not be legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for Covid-19. Please stay at home if you can and avoid contact with other people.

You will not have to take daily tests or be legally required to self-isolate following contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

The Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme will end. If you were told to self-isolate before 24 February you can still make a claim up to 6 April.

From 1 April 2022 

Widespread symptomatic PCR and non-symptomatic lateral flow testing will end.

The government has said they will continue to provide free tests for symptomatic people for the oldest age groups and those who are most vulnerable to Covid. 

The government will no longer recommend venues use the NHS Covid-19 pass.

All remaining measures put in place as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Act will end. 

Find out who is eligible for free testing 

Staying safe from Covid-19

After a difficult two years, many are relieved that life can return to normal. But we know that there are people with underlying conditions who will continue to be at risk of severe illness from Covid-19.

Local health chiefs have shared a list of simple and easy to follow measures to help everyone stay as safe as possible:

  • Avoid going to the workplace or meeting other people, if you have symptoms of Covid-19
  • Continue testing, especially if you are visiting vulnerable people or have symptoms
  • Ventilate your home or workplace to help reduce the risk of infection
  • Wear a face covering in indoor public places and on public transport if you can
  • Hand washing and regular cleaning of surfaces
  • Getting two doses of a Covid vaccine, and the booster.

“It has been a long and painful two years, so it is only right that after all the sacrifices made people make the most of the spring and summer months.

“At the moment, due to the vaccine, Covid is not causing the level of harm that we have seen with previous waves, although it is still a risk to vulnerable people and we need to be prepared if this situation changes due to immunity waning or a new and dangerous variant.” 

Jyoti Atri, Director of Public Health at Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council

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What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?

Symptoms of coronavirus can include:

  • a high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

They can also include other symptoms such as shortness of breath, feeling tired or exhausted, an aching body, a headache, a sore throat, a blocked or runny nose, loss of appetite, diarrhoea and feeling or being sick

What to do if you test positive or have symptoms

If you test positive for Covid-19, you should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for five days after the day you took the test.

If you have symptoms that could be Covid-19 but have not taken a test, try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if you:

  • have a high temperature
  • do not feel well enough to go to work or do your normal activities

Take extra care to avoid close contact with anyone who is at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

You can go back to your normal activities when you feel better and do not have a high temperature.

When to contact NHS 111

Contact NHS 111 if you are not sure what to do or if you are worried about your symptoms. 

Call 111 if you cannot get help online.

Do not visit your GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy if you have any Covid-19 symptoms, unless you have been asked to attend. 

Need help and support?

If you or someone you know needs help, there are lots of organisations, charities and community groups who can help with shopping, collecting medicines, befriending and more.

Cambridgeshire County Council and local district councils are supporting local residents who may need extra support. 

Find out more

Further information

How services are changing because of Covid 19

Read our advice and guidance on coronavirus and find out how services are changing to meet people's needs. 

Find out more