Update to close contact definition and listing of exposure sites

07 Jan 2022

The Department of Health advised that due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, COVID-19 exposure sites will no longer be published.

Check in TAS will continue to be used as part of the contact tracing process and to identify individuals who have been at high-risk venues, workplaces or attended a large event.

The Department of Health will notify patrons via SMS if they have attended a high-risk venue where positive cases have been present and that they need to quarantine and take a COVID-19 rapid antigen test (RAT).

RATs that are required to be used under Department of Health requirements will be free to anyone in Tasmania in the same way that PCR testing is. If you are unable to obtain a RAT, book a PCR test. You can register online or call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

Tasmania has also adopted the national definition of a close contact as a person who usually lives with or who has visited the same household for more than 4 hours as a COVID-19 case during their infectious period. In addition, where a significant transmission event has been documented Public Health may consider those who were at the site or venue to be close contacts.

All Tasmanians should assume that when they are at a gathering, visiting a business or meeting with friends, there is a high chance that they could be exposed to the COVID-19 virus. It is important everyone continues to follow COVID-safe behaviours to help reduce the chance of catching and spreading the disease.