Sensible changes to pandemic orders

The self-isolation period for positive COVID-19 cases who don’t have symptoms on day 5 of their isolation has been reduced from 7 to 5 days – excluding people who work in high-risk settings.

The new orders around the self-isolation period for positive cases include some additional requirements to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

Anyone leaving isolation after five days cannot visit or work at a sensitive setting – such as hospitals, residential aged care, disability care settings or in-home care for the next two days, or if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

This additional precaution reflects the increased risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19 in people in those high-risk settings.

People who work in other settings must notify their workplace that they have completed isolation if they are attending work on site.

Find out more about the pandemic orders.