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The NHS Track and Trace system is due to finish and you may not have to isolate

It’s been a long road but we’ve finally made it out of the roadmap out of lockdown with social distancing restrictions lifted and most compulsory wearing of face masks diminished.

The Track and Trace system was first launched on 28 May 2020 and continues to remain in place for everyone to use when travelling and visiting places.

Everyone is still required to check in to a venue on arrival and continue to use the app correctly.

The NHS Track and Trace app helps to detect people’s locations and notify them if they’ve come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus.

If they have, the person is alerted via the app and is required to self isolate for 10 days.

However, from 16 August the government is expecting to change this.

The new guidance will state those who are fully vaccinated will not need to self isolate after coming into contact with someone with Coronavirus.

Those who have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive will be strongly encouraged to take a PCR test.

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This new change is only for those who are fully vaccinated, those who are not fully vaccinated will still need to self isolate for 10 days after receiving the alert.

However, those who receive their second dose of the vaccine near 16 August will still need to wait two weeks until they can follow the same rules as those who are already fully vaccinated.

Isolation will also continue for those who have tested positive for the virus, to help protect themselves and others around them.

Many people continue to receive alerts from the Track and Trace app alerting them to self isolate with some businesses also being forced to close.

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It is unclear at this stage if the NHS Track and Trace app will continue to be used but with the increase of people being fully vaccinated, it may not be needed for much longer.

Stage four of the roadmap on 19 July saw all social distancing measures, capacity limits and socialising limits ended.

A number of public transport services are still requiring people to wear face coverings when travelling, as is the same for some airlines.

Some shops are also still asking customers to wear face coverings when entering their store, with guidance stating businesses should “encourage and recommend” customers to continue to wear them.

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The easing of restrictions was originally due to end on 21 June but was postponed due to the concerns in the rise of cases from the Delta variant.

Travel restrictions are still in place for a number of countries with the government's traffic light system still in place.

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