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COVID-19: nurses must self-isolate on return to England from a high-risk country

Government removes blanket exemption for profession and introduces 14-day quarantine rule
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Government removes blanket exemption for profession and introduces 14-day quarantine rule

Nurses must now self-isolate for 14 days if they have travelled to England from a high-risk COVID-19 country, the government has announced.

This marks the end of an exemption from self-isolation for registered healthcare professionals, which was introduced at the beginning of June.

Rising number of cases overseas sparks change to exemption rule

The initial exemption was put in place so that healthcare professionals could continue to work upon their return to England.

But from 31 July, the government has removed this blanket exemption as the number of COVID-19 cases begin to rise again overseas.

This change does not affect

Government removes blanket exemption for profession and introduces 14-day quarantine rule


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Nurses must now self-isolate for 14 days if they have travelled to England from a high-risk COVID-19 country, the government has announced.

This marks the end of an exemption from self-isolation for registered healthcare professionals, which was introduced at the beginning of June.

Rising number of cases overseas sparks change to exemption rule

The initial exemption was put in place so that healthcare professionals could continue to work upon their return to England.

But from 31 July, the government has removed this blanket exemption as the number of COVID-19 cases begin to rise again overseas.

This change does not affect healthcare professionals returning to England from a country that has a travel corridor to the UK.

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The government said it is constantly reviewing the list of countries that are exempt from self-isolation rules.

The exempt countries can be viewed here.  


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