If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test, even if your symptoms are mild. You should self-isolate at home while you book the test and wait for the results. You must self-isolate if you test positive. Your isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you do not have symptoms), and the next 10 full days. This is the law

Self-isolating means staying at home: 

  • Do not go out for work, exercise, shopping or to collect medicine. 
  • Do not have visitors into your home. 
  • Arrange for essentials to be delivered to your door. 
  • Only exercise in your home or garden. 
  • Stay as far away from other members of your household as possible to prevent transmitting the virus to them. We know this is difficult if you are living with children or have caring responsibilities but follow this guidance to the best of your ability in these circumstances. 

For more information visit – stay at home guidance 

When you should self-isolate

Guidance on self-isolation from Berkshire Public Health

Support whilst you are isolating

If your symptoms get worse and you are concerned call 111. In an emergency call 999.

One Reading Community Hub

If you are struggling and don’t have access to any support whilst isolating, the One Reading Community Hub may be able to help. You can contact the Hub:

The Hub is a partnership between Reading Borough Council, Reading Voluntary Action and voluntary and community partners in the town.  

Isolation Support Payment

If you have to self-isolate and are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result you may be eligible for an Isolation Support Payment of £500.

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

You could get Statutory Sick Pay if you are self-isolating. Find out more on -Statutory Sick Pay

Business support

Find out if you are eligible for support for small businesses, the self-employed and individuals.