Self-isolation means staying at home or in your hotel room for 14 days.
This is to prevent the possible spread of the virus to other people.
This means you:
- do not leave your home/hotel unless it is an emergency
- do not go to public places such as work or shopping centres
- do not let visitors in – only people who usually live with you should be in your home.
If you are well, there is no need to wear surgical masks inside.
If you are isolating at home, ask others who are not in isolation to get food and necessities for you.
If you live in a private house, it is safe for you to go into your garden or courtyard.
If you live in an apartment or are staying in a hotel, it is also safe for you to go into the garden but you should:
- wear a surgical mask to minimise risk to others
- stay 1.5 metres from other people
- move quickly through common areas
Isolating at home if you are unwell or have coronavirus
If you have coronavirus or are unwell you may isolate at home if you:
- are well enough to receive care at home
- have a separate bedroom and can avoid using communal areas
- have access to the recommended personal protective equipment (at a minimum, gloves and mask); and
- do not live with household members who may be at increased risk of complications from novel coronavirus infection (a person over the age of 65, young children, pregnant women, people who are immunocompromised or who have chronic heart, lung, or kidney conditions).
You should wear a mask while you are inside your home when other people are present. If you cannot wear a surgical mask, the people who live with you should not stay in the same room as you and should wear a mask if they enter your room.
Only household members who are essential for caring for you should stay in the home. Other people living in the home should consider staying elsewhere if possible.
Surfaces in shared areas such as door handles, taps and benches should be cleaned daily with household disinfectant or a diluted bleach solution
If you have difficulty breathing or are seriously unwell and it is an emergency, call triple zero (000) immediately.