The Tasmanian Premier, Jeremy Rockliff has announced changes to close contact rules. The requirements for close contacts of people who test positive for COVID-19 have changed from Monday 2 May 2022.
From 12.01am, people who are close contacts will no longer need to quarantine for seven days, but they will still be required to follow a series of important public health measures.
Close contacts must take a rapid antigen test (RAT) on the day they find out they are a close contact, again on day 6 and each day they leave the home.
Close contacts must wear a face mask when outside of the home in indoor settings, advise their workplace of their close contact status, and avoid high risk premises such as aged care facilities and hospitals.
They will also be recommended to avoid large gatherings and social events, and avoid contact with people vulnerable to severe disease.
On Monday 2nd May 2022, anyone who was in quarantine as a close contact can leave home but must follow these rules for the remainder of their seven-day period.
Close contacts can collect the necessary RATs for free from state-run distribution centres by completing a RAT request form on the coronavirus website or by calling the Public Health Hotline. Those unable to access one of these established collection points may be able to have them delivered to their home instead.
For further information about the rules for close contacts please refer to the Tasmanian Government Coronavirus Disease website Advice for contacts | Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
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