Close Contact definition and an amendment to the 2m 15-minute rule

If a person tests positive for coronavirus (with (PCR) test) and you were in any of the circumstances below with them, either in the 48 hours before or 10 days after their symptoms started, or since they received a positive test, you are defined as a close contact.

This applies even if you were wearing a face covering.

  • Been within 2 metres of someone for more than 15 minutes – either as a one-off contact or added up together over the course of one day – (this is new advice from the Government)
  • For example, three separate five-minute contacts, or 15 one-minute contacts, within 2 metres of a person who has COVID-19 in one day now counts as a close contact
  • Within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact
  • Travelling in a small vehicle with them
  • Face-to-face within one metre of them (including being coughed on, face-to-face conversation).