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Guidelines for close contacts in Queensland

Who these guidelines apply to

These guidelines apply to all close contacts covered by the Management of Diagnosed Cases of COVID-19 and Close Contacts Direction.

You are a close contact if:

  • you live with a person that has COVID-19 or
  • you have been with a person that has COVID-19 for more than four hours in a house or other accommodation.

You are a close contact from the date the person diagnosed with COVID-19 took the test that returned a positive result.

As a close contact, you should be aware that you are at increased risk of COVID-19 and need to take steps to protect people around you.

If you have had COVID-19 in the previous 12 weeks, you are required to follow these guidelines.

Close contacts with symptoms

If you have or develop COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home until you no longer have symptoms.

Test for COVID-19 as soon as possible after the onset of symptoms.

If your test is negative but symptoms persist or worsen you should seek medical advice.

e.g. You have a sore throat on day 2, an immediate test is negative and you stay home for the day. The next day the sore throat is gone with no further symptoms. You may leave the house while following the requirements for close contacts with no symptoms.

If you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 12 weeks and develop respiratory symptoms, the Chief Health Officer has recommended that you stay at home until your symptoms resolve. You do not need testing unless advised to do so by your medical practitioner.

If you do need to leave home, follow strategies that help limit the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • wear a face mask
  • clean your hands regularly
  • practice good respiratory hygiene (such as covering your cough)
  • maintain physical distance from others.

If you are immunocompromised, it is especially important for you to seek medical advice and testing, if recommended by your doctor, as COVID‑19 reinfection may be more likely.

Close contacts without symptoms

You should monitor for symptoms for 7 days from the last time someone in your household tested positive for COVID-19.

If you remain symptom free, you can leave your home for any reason.

While you are a close contact you must wear a face mask at all times when outside the home

It is also recommended that you:

  • test for COVID-19 if you develop symptoms
  • avoid large gatherings, crowded indoor events and vulnerable settings
  • work or study from home if you can.

If a close contact is leaving home, it is recommended that they undertake regular testing (such as on day 0, 2, 4, 6).

If you have had COVID-19 in the previous 12 weeks, you are not required to do the close contact testing, unless advised to do so by your medical practitioner.

Going to work or school

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home until the symptoms resolve and do not attend work or school.

If you do not have any symptoms and are unable to work or study from home, notify your employer or educational setting before you return. You will have to comply with any additional requirements set by your workplace or educational setting.

Children over the age of 12 years who attend school while they are a close contact must wear a face mask. Masks are recommended where it is safe to do so for children under the age of 12.

Working at a hospital, aged care facility or disability accommodation facility

You can return to work if you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.

You must comply with the vaccination requirements that apply at your workplace.

You must let your employer know that you are a close contact before you return to work.

You must return a negative COVID-19 test result before your first shift and every second day for 7 days from the last time someone in your household tested positive for COVID-19.

You must wear a face mask.

You will have to comply with any additional requirements set by your workplace. This may include more frequent testing or additional personal protective equipment.