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Old Nov 24, 20, 8:39 am
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Amending legislation
Government guidance

So summary as I see it:

- explicit allowance to leave your self isolation in order to take the test for "test to release"
- cease to have to self isolate once you have taken and received a negative result
- on the PLF you will need to include the name of the test provider & the test reference number, hence it would need to be booked prior to you filling in your PLF
- test must be taken on or after the fifth day after the day you last departed/transited a non-exempt country or territory, so if you have been to an exempt country for a few days after leaving the non-exempt country and entering England you may be able to do your test less than 5 days after arrival in England

if you receive a positive result
- if you have not had symptoms of coronavirus, you must self-isolate for 10 days from your test date
- if you have symptoms of coronavirus, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the day your symptoms started if earlier than when you took your test (albeit you should not be taking a test if you have symptoms anyway)
- people you live with or are travelling with should also self-isolate for 14 days from the day you took the test
- you may be contacted for contact tracing and to check that you, and those who you live or are travelling with, are self-isolating.
- you must not travel, including to leave the UK, during self-isolation.

if you receive a negative result
- you can stop self isolating
- however, if you get symptoms of coronavirus, you are going in to hospital, someone you live with tests positive, or you have been traced as being in contact with someone who tested positive, you must continue & complete your self isolation

if you get an unclear result
- you must continue self isolating until the end of your 14 days or until you get a negative result from a second test

transitional provisions
- not sure about this, if you enter England prior to 15 December from a non-exempt country, and your self isolation crosses over beyond 15 December, can you cut short your self isolation by taking a test after 15 December?
- usually these amending SIs have transitional provisions, but i can't see any in this one
- you would have to file a new PLF on/after 15 December and include the test provider and reference number

EDIT: test providers for Test to Release

Last edited by KARFA; Dec 14, 20 at 1:18 pm
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