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National restrictions

Remain vigilant and comply with restrictions. Meet outdoors, let fresh air in, get tested when needed and get vaccinated when offered.

To find out the latest information and advice about coronavirus in Torbay see our coronavirus section.

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Your test result

Actions to take if your test is positive or negative

Actions to take if your test is positive

You and your household need to self-isolate for the advised length of time, even if you or they later test negative during the isolation period.

If your positive result is from a lateral flow (LFD) test, you need to get a PCR test within 48 hours to confirm the result. You should still isolate until you get the PCR result

If you live with others:

  • Try to stay away from other members of your household as much as possible
  • If you can, avoid using shared spaces such as kitchens when other people are present and take your meals back to your room to eat
  • Wear a face-covering when you are in shared areas of your home and whenever possible open windows to keep the room ventilated

You do not need to take another test before returning to school or work but you must be symptom-free for 48 hours before returning to school or work (if you still have a cough, but are otherwise well, you can return).

Actions to take if your test is negative

You may still need to self-isolate.

If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive you need to self-isolate for 10 days. This is the case even if you test negative for COVID-19. You cannot return to work or school during this self-isolation period.

You can stop self-isolating if:

  • You have a negative test
  • AND you are now well
  • AND you have not been asked to self-isolate as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 

Actions to take if someone in your household or support bubble has symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19

The whole household or support bubble must self-isolate. This is true even if you do not have symptoms or you’ve had a negative test. 

If you are self-isolating you should only get a test if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 yourself.

It is important to reduce the spread of the virus within your household:

  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use a hand sanitiser
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when you cough or sneeze, and then bin the tissue and wash your hands
  • Regularly clean shared surfaces
  • Keep indoor areas well ventilated, by opening windows where possible
  • Wear a face-covering if you need to deliver any close care to another person

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