Those BRITS who test positive for Covid from today will have to spend Christmas in self-isolation according to Government regulations.
All those infected with the virus are required to undergo a 10-day mandatory quarantine even if they are fully vaccinated.
That can see thousands likely to miss on December 25 with friends and family as Omicron tore through England.
The new wave could also see many Britons in contact with a positive person being tested daily or isolated.
Here are the latest rules for self-isolation and contact tracing:
WHAT DO I DO IF I TEST POSITIVE?
If you give a positive result on a lateral flow test, you must self-isolate immediately and request a follow-up PCR swab to confirm the results.
The same is true if you develop symptoms of Covid such as a high temperature, cough, or loss of taste or smell.
Provided the PCR comes back positive, then you must self-isolate where you are for 10 days.
During that time, you shouldn’t have anyone visit or see anyone outside of your household, including family living elsewhere.
You must not leave the house for any reason other than a medical emergency, and food should be delivered to your door.
And you should notify NHS Check and Tracing to anyone you’ve contacted in the last 48 hours so they can be contacted.
WHAT IF I LIVE WITH SOME POSITIVE TESTERS?
The rules for self-isolation when in contact with someone who has tested positive depend on your vaccination status.
If you are fully vaccinated you can avoid isolation but must have your lateral flow checked every day for seven days.
As long as the swabs continue to return negative results, you can carry on with your life as usual and travel to see family and friends.
But people in such circumstances should limit contact with clinically vulnerable people such as the elderly.
If you have not been immunized, you will need to isolate for 10 days if you come into contact with anyone with Covid.
People who cannot get injections for proven medical reasons and those under the age of 18 are exempt from self-isolation rules.
The same measures apply regardless of whether someone you’ve been in contact with has the Omicron variant.
CAN I VISIT THIS FAMILY’S CHRISTMAS?
Provided you don’t test positive and are fully vaccinated, you’re free to visit friends and family over Christmas.
Ministers are urging people to take a lateral flow test before attending large family gatherings to ensure they are not negative.
And they say Britons in general should be cautious when it comes to respecting mask-wearing rules and general hygiene measures.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today insisted he is “confident” the current restrictions will not be tightened before Christmas.
“We’re not telling people to cancel their Christmas festivities or their Christmas parties or get together with their friends and family,” he said.
“But do the lateral flow test, don’t go if you feel sick, take the third hit and you’re good to go.”
https://www.the-sun.com/health/4277298/rules-spending-christmas-family-covid-omicron/ All the rules about spending Christmas with your family if you are exposed to Covid from today