You are required to isolate at home or a suitable place for at least 5 days if you test positive for COVID-19.

How to isolate

You need to stay home and stay away from other people in your household who are not in isolation with you.

  • Stay and sleep in a separate bedroom.
  • Use a separate bathroom if available, or clean a shared bathroom after each use.
  • Do not share household items including dishes, cups, towels, and bedding.
  • Avoid common areas of the household – if unavoidable, wear a mask when in common areas and clean the area with detergent and disinfectant after use.

You may go outside into your private backyard, courtyard or balcony as long as there is no one else who is not in isolation with you there.


Visitors can't come to your home while you are isolating, with the exception of healthcare or disability professionals providing an essential service – you should tell them that you have tested positive for COVID-19 so they can take appropriate precautions.

Food and medication

You can ask friends or family members who are not isolating with you to get food and medication for you. Make sure they leave it at your door.

You can't have contact with anyone delivering any supplies.

You can arrange a food delivery service. Have all food left outside your house. Don't let any delivery person into your home or accommodation.

If you need a prescription filled, arrange this with your usual pharmacist or GP. They can deliver it to your home or accommodation, or you can let your friend or family member know where to collect the medication.

Situations where you can leave your home

If you are required to isolate at home, you can only leave for the below reasons.

  • In case of an emergency.
  • To access essential medical care.
  • To escape family violence.
  • To drop off and pick up children at day care, pre-school and school, as well as for any other educational, recreational or health related purposes.
  • To transport children between households in order to facilitate shared parenting arrangements.
  • To leave the Territory.

If you leave isolation for any of the above listed reasons, you must wear a face mask and take all reasonable measures to stay 1.5 metres away from other people.

Exiting isolation

You are not required to have a COVID-19 test to exit isolation.

For 2 days after you exit isolation you must wear a mask when outside the home.

For 5 days after you exit isolation you must not enter a high risk facility unless you live there or require access to a service.

If you work in a high risk setting you cannot return to work until at least 2 days after your isolation period.

Read more about what you need to do after having COVID-19.

Last updated: 13 September 2022

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Last updated: 13 September 2022