IT is no longer a legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive for coronavirus - but public health bosses are urging residents to stay at home to stop the spread.

As of yesterday, new rules mean that the obligatory self-isolation period has ended - but so have the test and trace support payments.

However, you are still ‘strongly advised’ to stay at home if you test positive and those who do receive a positive result can claim support payments within the next 42 days, as long as they were told to self-isolate before February 24.

Venues and events will no longer be advised to use the NHS Covid app in England and free PCR tests and lateral flow tests won’t be available to most of the general public from April 1.

Due to the town’s infection rate, Barnsley Council’s health bosses are encouraging residents to be mindful of others to stop the spread.

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A spokesperson added: “Our Covid-19 infection rates in Barnsley are still high, and the public health advice remains the same. “Please continue to follow safe behaviours such as hand washing, wearing a face covering in crowded and indoor spaces and letting fresh air into your meet-ups.

“Please also be mindful of others; while prevention measures may be easing, we all still need to manage the risk of Covid-19 to ourselves and our loved ones.

“If you test positive for Covid-19, please stay at home and avoid contact with others to help stop the spread.”