Quarantine and isolation orders are different Public Health and Emergency Management Directions that may apply to you depending on:
- your risk of exposure to COVID-19
- whether you currently have COVID-19
- the places where you spent time before entering Tasmania.
It is important that you understand and follow the requirements of the Direction which is relevant to your circumstances.
These rules are in place to protect you, your family and the Tasmanian community.
Please read the definitions below carefully to understand what each Direction means, and which one applies to you.
Quarantine applies to people who may have been exposed to COVID-19, close contacts, and are at a higher or increased risk of being infected by or passing on the virus.
If you are required to quarantine, it means that you must stay away from others and the wider community to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In Tasmania, you will be required to quarantine if you are a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case.
You will need to have a rapid antigen test (RAT) on day 1 and day 6 of your 7 day quarantine period, or if you develop symptoms.
You will not be contacted by public health during your time in quarantine, if you require assistance during this time please see the information below or call the public health hotline on 1800 671 738.
You will not receive communication from public health when it is time for you to leave quarantine. You may leave quarantine once you have completed the required time in quarantine, have had a negative RAT and are not symptomatic.
Full details on being a close contact can be found here.
Isolation is required if you test positive to COVID-19. You will also need to isolate while waiting to get a COVID-19 test and while awaiting the result of the test.
If you are required to isolate, you must stay in your home/suitable premises or government-managed quarantine facility away from other people in your household to avoid infecting others with COVID-19.
During isolation you cannot leave your house for any reason unless it is an emergency, you need medical help, or to escape family violence.
If you have COVID-19, you will need to remain in isolation until contacted by Public Health.
You will be contacted by midday on day 7 of your isolation. If you have no symptoms you can leave isolation on that day. If you still have mild symptoms you should stay isolated for another 3 days. People who are immunocompromised should talk to their treating doctor about when it is safe to leave isolation.