Quarantine is used to separate a person who may have been exposed to a communicable disease (such as COVID-19) from the rest of the community. This is to protect the community while waiting to see if the person becomes unwell.
In the ACT, quarantine is currently mandatory for:
- People who have been in a COVID-19 affected area as defined in a Public Health Direction.
- People who have recently returned from overseas. Find information on quarantine fees here.
- People who are close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19, including people who have been to close contact exposure locations at specific times, as determined by ACT Health , or people notified by another public health authority (e.g. NSW Health) that they are close contact.
Stay at home information
Stay at home orders apply in the ACT if you have travelled from an area interstate that is also subject to a stay at home requirement. A stay at home requirement is different from quarantine because you can leave your home or hotel room for certain reasons.
Isolation information for people with confirmed COVID-19
Isolation is used to separate a person who is unwell with a communicable disease (such as COVID-19) from other people, to prevent them from spreading the disease to others.
In the ACT, isolation is mandatory for people with confirmed COVID-19.
People who have been tested for COVID-19 also need to until they get their test result and until their symptoms have resolved. Information about what to do while you wait for your test result can be found here.