Follow public health advice and stay at home if you have COVID-19

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Follow public health advice and stay at home if you have COVID-19

We are asking residents to keep staying staying at home if they test positive for COVID-19 or display symptoms of the virus.

Following the Government’s announcement that all remaining legal COVID-19 restrictions would end, there is no longer a legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test from Thursday 24 February.

However, the public health advice remains the same and anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result should stay at home and avoid contact with other people to avoid spreading the virus to others. Find out what you need to do if you have COVID-19.

Read more from Sam Crowe, Director of Public Health for Dorset Council and BCP Council.

The Government has also announced that free testing for everyone will end from 1 April. We’ll share information about who will be able to access testing beyond this date once we know more.

Until 1 April, anyone with COVID-19 symptoms can continue to get a free PCR test, and lateral flow tests for regular testing are still available.


Confirmed case rates have continued to fall across the county this week. Following this week’s national government announcements we are reviewing how we share data on the local situation. The format and frequency of this weekly update may change in the coming weeks to make sure the data remains relevant and useful for understanding the level of risk from COVID-19 locally.

Read the full update here: Latest updates on COVID-19 in Dorset – Public Health Dorset


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