Stay at Home Guidance

From 1 May, most people in Scotland with coronavirus symptoms will no longer be advised to take a PCR test, and instead our advice will be that if you have respiratory symptoms that could be Covid, or another illness – and you have a fever or are unwell - you should stay at home in order to aid your recovery, and to reduce the risk of passing your illness onto others.

  • Test kits are no longer be available via the NHS, but remain available to certain groups in order to protect high risk settings, support clinical care and for surveillance purposes. Testing remains available to groups including health and social care workers, care home and hospital visitors, patients groups eligible for treatment, hospital patients, unpaid carers and people in prison.
  • It is recommended that you inform your workplace and people you have recently been in contact with that you are feeling unwell for their awareness. 
  • Young people can go back to school, college or early learning/childcare settings, and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough to attend. 

Further information on the stay at home guidance and measures you can take to limit the spread of Covid-19 can be found on NHS Inform.