Changes to close contact quarantine and checking in from 2 May

02 May 2022

Close contacts of COVID-19 cases will no longer be required to quarantine from 12.01am Monday 2 May 2022. The quarantine requirement will be replaced by close contact rules that must be followed for seven days to reduce any risk of potential spread of COVID-19.

Close contacts can leave home if they have no symptoms and return a negative test when notified they are a close contact. They must do the following for seven days:

  • test for COVID-19, daily if they plan to leave home
  • wear a face mask in all indoor settings when outside the home
  • not attend high-risk settings, unless as a critical worker and an exemption is in place – read about exemptions
  • inform their workplace that they are a close contact

It is also recommended that close contacts:

  • avoid large gatherings and social events
  • avoid contact with people at risk of severe disease including elderly, immunocompromised and those with chronic conditions
  • maintain all COVID-safe behaviours.

Read about the new requirements for close contacts.

Until 12.01am Monday 2 May 2022, the current rules remain meaning close contacts must continue to quarantine. On Monday 2 May, anyone who was in quarantine can leave home but must follow the close contact rules for the remainder of their seven-day period.

There are no changes to requirements for positive cases – isolation requirements remain in place for anyone who has received a positive RAT or PCR test result. Read about the requirements for positive cases.

The need to check in at certain businesses and events will also be removed from 12.01am Monday 2 May 2022.

Businesses and organisations will need to update their COVID-19 Safety Plans in line with the changes.