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Self-isolation rules

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NSW-Government-official-logo.jpgYou will need to self-isolate when you have a COVID-19 test, are diagnosed with COVID-19, or have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.

When you must self-isolate

You must self-isolate if you

  • have been tested for COVID-19 and haven’t yet received your result
  • have been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • are suspected of having COVID-19
  • had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, including visiting a case location
  • are a household member of a close contact who has yet to receive their initial negative test result
  • have returned from overseas and are exempt from hotel quarantine.

If you have been directed to self-isolate, you must follow the instructions of

  • NSW Health
  • designated health practitioners and
  • authorised contact tracers.

For a list of locations where a confirmed COVID-19 case has been identified, see the latest COVID-19 news and updates.

Contact tracing

When a person is diagnosed with COVID-19 infection, NSW Health commences contact tracing to identify

The team of authorised contact tracers at NSW Health investigate COVID-19 to identify and follow up people who have had contact with someone with COVID-19.

Learn more about NSW Health contact tracing plan

Follow the guidance

If you are required to self-isolate, you must

  • comply with the relevant NSW Health COVID-19 self-isolation guidelines and information during your self-isolation
  • remain in self-isolation for the number of days determined by the designated health practitioner (usually 14 days)
  • stay at home or the place determined by the designated health practitioner except
  • to obtain medical care, medical supplies or get a COVID-19 test
  • in an emergency situation
  • not permit anyone to enter your home or place where you are in isolation except if
  • it is their usual place of residence
  • they are also complying with a self-isolation order
  • they are providing medical or emergency support.

If you are staying in a place that is not a residence, a person can enter the place to deliver food or essential items to you.

At all times, follow the guidance for

Penalties for not self-isolating as directed

The self-isolation rules are enforceable under the Public Health (COVID-19 Self-Isolation) Order. Not following the rules is a criminal offence and attracts heavy penalties.

For individuals, the maximum penalty is $11,000, 6 months in prison, or both with a further $5500 fine for each day the offence continues.

Safety tips for self-isolation

Sharing your home or accommodation

If you are sharing your home or accommodation with others you should, as much as possible:

Isolation advice for parents and carers

If your child has received a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 your child must self-isolate at home and must not go to school or childcare. As much as possible, separate your child from others in the home and follow the NSW Health isolation advice for parents and children.

Leaving isolation

Even after you have completed your isolation period, continue to follow the health advice for

  • wearing face masks
  • practising good hygiene
  • physical distancing
  • symptoms and testing.

Self-isolate after you get a test

When you are tested for COVID-19, you must self-isolate from the time you have the test until you receive a result.

You do not need to remain in isolation if the test confirms you do not have COVID-19 (negative result) unless a designated health practitioner or contact tracer has instructed you to complete an isolation period of 14 days.

Travelling to and from a COVID-19 testing clinic

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or evaluated as a close contact, follow any directions you are given by a designated health practitioner or contact tracer for travelling to or from your home or the place where you are self-isolating.

If you have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 and you are leaving your home to have a COVID-19 test, follow the guidelines for

Do not travel by public transport.

Safety tips for self-isolation

Sharing your home or accommodation

If you are sharing your home or accommodation with others you should, as much as possible:

Isolation advice for parents and carers

If your child has received a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 your child must self-isolate at home and must not go to school or childcare. As much as possible, separate your child from others in the home and follow the NSW Health isolation advice for parents and children.

Leaving isolation

Even after you have completed your isolation period, continue to follow the health advice for

  • wearing face masks
  • practising good hygiene
  • physical distancing
  • symptoms and testing.

Further information

Visit NSW Government website https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/self-isolation for the complete resource and up-to-date information and rules.