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14th January 2022, 18:52

Self-isolation period for those who test positive with Covid-19 to be cut from 10 days to 7 as from Saturday, with conditions attached

The self-isolation period for those who test positive with Covid-19 is to be cut from ten days to seven as from Saturday, and will start from the date of the original positive PCR test - although with certain conditions attached.

The Government made the announcement this afternoon on the advice of the Director of Public Health. However, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo warned against complacency and said it's more important than ever to strictly follow the rules, or face a fixed penalty notice.

Day 6 and 7 testing will apply if the individual, aged 5 or over, does not have any symptoms on the day of their test.

Asymptomatic individuals who receive two negative Lateral Flow Test results on day 6 and 7 consecutively, will be able to stop self-isolating after receiving a negative day 7 result.

Tests will be done at the Rapid Test Facility outside Gibraltar Airport between 7.30am and 10am.

Those who have tested positive for COVID will receive an SMS message informing them of their appointment for a day 6 Lateral Flow Test. Test results will be sent by SMS and those who test negative will receive further instructions to attend a test on day 7. They must continue to self-isolate until a negative 7 day test is received.

If a day 7 test is negative, the individual can leave self-isolation but must still wear a mask when out and about for the next 3 days, and are strongly advised to limit close contact with other people in crowded or poorly ventilated spaces.

If the day 6 or day 7 test result is positive, then the full 10 days of self-isolation must be completed, starting from the day of the original positive PCR test.

Anyone experiencing symptoms on days six should not attend the Rapid Test Facility and call 111 instead for advice.

There is no change to the guidance for close contacts.

FAQ's on the change to the self-isolation policy can be found on covid.gi and gbc's website.