There are some key behaviours that we all need to continue in our everyday lives and routines.
These behaviours help lower your personal risk as well as the risk to our community. Being prepared and taking precautions is the best way to ensure we can continue our daily activities with as little interruption, and risk of illness, as possible.
View some key behaviours below and click for more information:
Try to stay at least 1.5 metres away from others when you can. The more space there is between you and other people, the harder it is for the virus, and germs generally, to move from one person to another.
Read more about physical distancing.
Stay at home if you are unwell and always cover coughs and sneezes. COVID-19 spreads when people are unwell and don’t take self-isolation seriously. If you feel sick, even with mild symptoms, stay at home and get a test. Read more about testing for COVID-19.
Stay home and get tested for COVID-19 if you have any cold or flu-like symptoms, no matter how mild. Fast detection of COVID-19 cases will help reduce spread in the community. It’s important to still get tested, even if you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations.
You can call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to request a free test or call your own GP for further advice.
Read more about testing for COVID-19.
Face masks help protect you and the people around you from the spread of infectious droplets. When COVID-19 is at high levels in the community you are strongly recommended to wear a face mask in all indoor public places and on public transport and in other settings if you cannot physically distance.
People at risk of severe disease should wear a mask in all public places and consider wearing it around family and friends.
See Face masks for more information and keep a mask with you and ready to use for situations where it can help protect you.
Basic hygiene measures like covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or you elbow help reduce the virus spreading. Make sure you dispose of used tissues and wash or sanitise your hands.
Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitiser when out and about. The trick is to make sure you do it several times a day especially before and after eating, when you arrive at, or leave a venue and as soon as you return home.
The best protection against complications of COVID-19, including hospitalisation, ICU admission and death, is to be up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations.
The older you are, particularly if you have medical conditions, the more likely you are to get complications of COVID-19, and the more important it is that you get your boosters.
All people in Tasmania, aged 5 years and over can get vaccinated for free. If you have questions about vaccination, speak with your usual GP or healthcare provider. You can walk-in at many clinics or book via the Public Health Hotline. You can also book an appointment at participating GPs and pharmacies. Find out more about vaccination and how to book online.
Some people who test positive for COVID-19 are more at risk of becoming seriously ill and needing hospital care. There are medications (known as antivirals) that are available for people at higher risk. If you are eligible, you will need to access antivirals quickly after testing positive for COVID-19.
Taken as soon as possible, antivirals reduce the risk of hospitalisation and complications of COVID-19.
People at risk of severe disease should talk to their healthcare provider to have a plan in place to access testing and treatment if they test positive for COVID-19.Find out more about eligibility, risk factors and antiviral medications
Stay up to date with the latest COVID-19 developments to make sure you know what restrictions and rules are in place. Businesses and venues also have COVID-safe directions in place for patrons. Follow signs, venue entry requirements and be mindful of the wellbeing of the people around you. Follow Public Health advice around testing and quarantine if you have contact with someone with COVID-19.
Read about current restrictions.