Quarantine, isolation and Stay at Home orders are different Directions that may apply to you depending on how you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and what your risk level of passing on the virus to others is.
It is important that people understand and follow the requirements of the relevant Direction. These rules are in place to protect individuals, the community and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Tasmania.
Please carefully read the below definitions to understand what each of these mean and which one applies to you.
Quarantine applies to people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and are at a higher-risk of being infected or passing on the virus. Quarantine means you must stay away from others and the wider community to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to determine if you may be unwell.
In Tasmania, you will be required to quarantine if:
- in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania you spent time in a medium or high-risk area, or
- you attended a medium or high-risk premise (also known as an exposure site) at the specified dates and times, or
- you are a close or casual contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case.
Depending on the risk, you will be required to quarantine at either a government-managed quarantine facility (fees may apply) or a suitable premises for 14 days.
Information on the types of quarantine and tips on dealing with quarantine is available on the COVID-19 quarantine page.
Isolation applies to people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are suspected of having COVID-19 due to having symptoms.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and are being tested, you will be asked to isolate (stay home) until you receive your negative result.
If you have been told to isolate because you are a confirmed case of COVID-19 you must not leave your house or suitable premises until you are released from isolation. You must isolate for the full amount of time that you have been instructed to or until Public Health or an Authorised Officer informs you that you no longer need to quarantine or isolate.
See the Isolation Direction for more information.
Stay at Home
Stay at Home Directions help minimise the risk to the Tasmanian community when travellers have been in an interstate area that is declared high-risk but arrived in Tasmania before the high-risk declaration took effect or the risk of the area they have come from does not require stricter conditions on their movement.
If you have been told to stay at home under a Stay at Home Direction, it is because you may have been exposed to someone unknown to you in the community who had COVID-19. This is different from quarantine, where there is a higher risk of being infected with, or passing on, COVID-19.
Because the risk of being exposed to someone in the community is unknown, you must stay at home for 14 days, and return a negative COVID-19 test result before your Stay at Home Direction can end.
There are certain reasons under a Stay at Home Direction that you may leave your home.
Full information on Stay at Home Directions including the reasons why you can leave home, please visit the Stay at Home page.