You are considered a close contact if you:

  • reside or stay overnight in the same household as a COVID-19 positive person
  • have spent 4 or more continuous hours indoors with a COVID-19 positive person while they were infectious.

A person’s infectious period is usually the 2 days before they developed symptoms, or 2 days before they tested positive if they did not have symptoms.

What you must do

From the date you were last in contact with the infectious person you must:

  • have a COVID-19 rapid antigen test (RAT):
    • within 3 days of becoming a close contact
    • on day 6 of becoming a close contact
  • wear a mask when indoors at a place which is not your residence for 7 days
  • wear a mask outside of your residence when you cannot maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from other people for 7 days
  • avoid visiting high risk settings such as a hospital, disability shared care house, residential aged care facility or correctional facility for 7 days
  • inform your employer or school that you are a close contact.

Other recommendations

  • Work from home if you can.
  • Avoid contact with people who at risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Avoid large or crowded indoor gatherings.
  • Have a rapid antigen test before attending indoor gatherings with people you don’t live with, your workplace or education facilities.

If you develop symptoms

Immediately isolate and have a COVID-19 test. You will need to remain isolated until your symptoms resolve.

If you receive a positive COVID-19 test at any time, you must isolate immediately for at least 7 days from the day the test was taken.

Find out what to do if you test positive for COVID-19.

Workers in high risk places

Close contacts who work at a high risk place may enter their workplace if they:

  • have a negative rapid antigen test each day before attending work
  • wear a face mask
  • maintain a distance of 1.5 meters from other people where possible.

High risk places include hospitals, aged care facilities, residential facilities, correctional facilities and shelters. A complete list of these places is in post emergency direction 4. Read the CHO directions.

Last updated: 10 August 2022

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Last updated: 10 August 2022