Self-isolation guidance

You must not leave your home if you are self-isolating.

  • Do not go to work, school or public places – work or study from home if you can
  • Do not go on public transport or use taxis
  • Do not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home
  • Do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care
  • Do not go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one

The only reason you can leave your home during a period of isolation is to attend a test centre for a Covid-19 test.

You should go straight to the test centre, and back to your house avoiding contact with others. It is recommended that you walk or drive to the test centre, and do not use taxis or public transport.

Isolating in shared households

If you are fully vaccinated, under 18 years old or taking part in a vaccine trial you are no longer required to self-isolate if you are identified as a close contact of a positive case. Instead, you are advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible to detect the virus and variants of concern and you must also take extra precautions such as wearing face coverings and limiting contact with others. You can book a PCR swab test here.

Self-isolation is still required if:

  • You test positive for Covid-19
  • You are an adult who has not been fully vaccinated and you are identified as a close contact
  • You are an adult who lives with someone who test positive and you are not fully vaccinated

Fully vaccinated means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved Covid-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine. If you have not received the recommended doses of the vaccine or been vaccinated in a country outside of the UK, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date you were last in contact with the person who has Covid-19. More information can be found on the NHS webpages.

Tell us that you are self-isolating

If you are self-isolating for any of the following reasons and want us to provide you with support please let us know by completing the Covid-19 Self-Isolation Form:

You do not need to inform us via the Covid-19 Self-Isolation Form if you have tested positive. For any student or staff member who has tested positive please report your result on the University's Case Management System.

Staff should also inform their line manager.

By letting us know you are isolating, we are then able to reach out and offer you support - even if you are not on campus.

Support for students self-isolating

There is a lot of support available for students who are required to self-isolate.

If you are feeling well and looking for something to beat the boredom whilst you are isolating, check out our support and activities page. New activities are being added all the time to help you continue to get involved in University Life whilst you are isolating. Don’t miss out! 

The University’s Student Services team offer comprehensive support to all students across a number of areas including:

  • Student Welfare Advice and Guidance
  • Counselling Service
  • Mental Health Advisory Service
  • Advice and Guidance
  • Disability Advice and Guidance
  • International Advice and Guidance
  • Money Advice and Guidance.

You can contact the team for support through video (Microsoft Teams or Zoom), phone and email between 9am and 5pm each day.

National and local restrictions

It is your responsibility to keep up to date with national restrictions put in place by the UK Government to try to contain the spread of Covid-19.

You can find information about local restrictions for Liverpool on the Liverpool City Council webpages.

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