Guidance for residents asked to stay at home (self-isolate)

What is self-isolation?

Self-isolation is when you do not leave your home because you have or might have coronavirus (COVID-19).

This helps stop the virus spreading to other people.

Self-isolation is different to:

  • Social distancing – general advice for everyone to avoid close contact with other people
  • Shielding – advice for people at high risk from coronavirus

If you have symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus, you will need to stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days.

You will also need to self-isolate for 10 days if:

  • Someone you live with tests positive
  • Someone in your support bubble has tested positive and you’ve been in close contact with them
  • You’ve been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace

How to self-isolate


  • Do not go to work, school or public places – work from home if you can
  • Do not go on public transport or use taxis
  • Do not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home
  • Do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care
  • Do not go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one

Read more guidance on staying at home (self-isolating) if you have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.

When to get a test

Get a test as soon as possible if you have any symptoms of coronavirus.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

The test needs to be done in the first 8 days of having symptoms.

Financial support

If you have tested positive for coronavirus or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, you may be entitled to a new Test and Trace Support Payment. 

Find out more about the Test and Trace Support Payment and other financial support you may be entitled to

Wellbeing support

This is a difficult time, so it’s more important than ever that you look after your physical and mental wellbeing.

Find out more about what support is available to help you look after your wellbeing.

General Support

The Brent Mutual Aid network is made up of 20 Mutual Aid independent groups run by neighbours that connect, listen and support other neighbours.

Groups covering all of Brent have been working to provide practical support such as delivering food, medicine and other supplies to people who need to stay at home, as well as providing emotional support.

To speak to someone or get help, please contact your local Mutual Aid group using the details below:

Other Mutual Aid groups near you

  • Alperton Community Support, 07464 982524 (Trupti Sangani)