Earlier this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson came out in favour of cutting the Covid isolation period to five days, if the concept can be backed by scientific advice. Then on Thursday, Health Secretary Sajid Javed confirmed the isolation period will be cut to five days from Monday 17 January.
From then, people with two negative tests can leave isolation at the start of day six.
It comes as several sectors are experiencing staffing pressures due to isolation rules including emergency services and transport networks.
Currently people who test positive for Covid are required to self-isolate for at least seven days, if they return a negative test result on day six and seven.
We spoke to the people of Manchester earlier this week to see what they thought about the changes when they were first proposed, for our video report above.