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Legal requirements to self-isolate

9 October 2020

We all share a responsibility for public health. Now more than ever, we each have an opportunity to set an example in our communities by ensuring we’re following Government guidelines and helping to reduce the spread of Covid-19. 


 As of 28 September, you are required by law to self-isolate if you test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. Fines for those breaking the rules start at £1,000 and increase to £10,000.  

You are also legally required to notify your employer if you need to self-isolate, including the start and end dates of your isolation period. Please remember to notify your line manager as soon as possible and before you are next due to start work. Failure to do so could result in a £50 fine from the Government. 

Whether you’re working, taking a break or out and about with friends and family, please remember to take the following steps to help keep each other safe:

  •  maintain good hand hygiene
  • continue to wear any appropriate PPE for your role
  • follow social distancing guidelines
  • wear a face covering where required
  • follow the rule of six 
  • self-isolate immediately if you or a member of your household has any coronavirus symptoms

We encourage everyone to download the NHS Covid-19 app which forms part of the Test and Trace measures. You can download the app to your personal smartphone from either the App Store or Google Play. If you have a Derbyshire County Council smart phone you can download the app to that phone but only if you are not able to download it to a personal device. 

QR codes for the Test and Trace app are now in place on a large number of council buildings. As a member of staff you can choose to use it but it does not remove the need to sign in to our buildings where you have done so previously: we need you to sign in for security and fire safety purposes and we do not get information from the national app.