All COVID-19 restrictions in England will come to an end by 1 April 2022.
The following will end on Thursday 24 February
• The legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test.
• Self-isolation support payments, although Covid provisions for Statutory Sick Pay can still be claimed for a further month.
• Routine contact tracing and requirement for fully vaccinated close contacts and those under 18 to test daily for seven days.
• The legal requirement for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate.
Until 1 April, people who test positive will still be advised to stay at home. But after that people with Covid-19 symptoms will be encouraged to exercise personal responsibility.
Guidance for staff and students in most education and childcare settings to undertake twice weekly asymptomatic testing is removed.
From 1st April, free symptomatic and asymptomatic testing for the general public will end although free symptomatic tests to the oldest age groups and those most vulnerable to Covid will continue.
In learning to live with this virus, the Government will rely on people sense of responsibility towards one another to avoid infecting loved ones and others.