Casual or Close Contact

Casual contact

A casual contact is someone who has been near a person with COVID-19 while they were infectious, but who is at lower risk of being infected than a close contact.

If you have been to a casual contact site, you will be asked to get a COVID-19 test and isolate in your home or another suitable place of residence until you receive a negative test result.

There may also be some additional requirements imposed, which will be outlined in the COVID-19 Areas of Concern Notice, including a requirement to complete an online declaration form.

All casual contacts need to watch for symptoms for up to 14 days after your last casual contact with the person who has COVID-19.

If symptoms develop you should seek testing immediately.

Close contact

A close contact is someone who has been near enough to a person with COVID-19 while they were infectious, that there is a reasonable chance they will be infected with COVID-19.

If you have been to a close contact site, you will be asked to quarantine immediately in your home or another suitable place of residence for a period of 14 days.

There may also be some additional requirements imposed, which will be outlined in the COVID-19 Areas of Concern Notice, including a requirement to complete an online declaration form, and to call ACT Health to discuss how you can arrange to be tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible, even if you do not have symptoms.

For further advice on quarantine requirements see information about quarantining safely here.

Source Investigation Location

When a state or territory finds a case of COVID-19 in the community but can’t identify who they got their infection from, the state or territory may decide to investigate specific public locations the case visited during the timeframe where it is expected they first became infected (i.e. the incubation period).

This is to try to identify the possible source case of COVID-19 as well as identify anyone else who may have also been infected by the unidentified source case. A source investigation location is different to a ‘casual’ or ‘close’ contact exposure location, which identify venues that the case visited while they were infectious.

If you have been to a source investigation location at the relevant dates and times, you will be asked to get tested for COVID-19 immediately and isolate until receiving a negative result. There may also be some additional requirements imposed, which will be outlined in the COVID-19 Areas of Concern Notice.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Last Updated: May 06 2021