Self-quarantine — coronavirus (COVID-19)
Self-quarantine means staying in your home, hotel room or provided accommodation, and not leaving for the period you are required to quarantine. Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home. Do not allow visitors into the home.
You will be issued a self-quarantine notice for 14 days if you are feeling well AND:
- you have been overseas (where you will be quarantined in appropriate accommodation);
- you have arrived in Queensland from a COVID-19 hotspot, unless you were in the hotspot for an essential purpose
- you have moved to Queensland from interstate
- you have been in close contact with someone who already has the virus.
If you are in quarantine, or if you are not and you have been overseas, interstate or in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days, and are feeling unwell, contact your doctor immediately. Call ahead to your GP and tell them your symptoms so they can prepare for your visit.
If you are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, you will be asked to self-isolate unless you are sick enough to need treatment in a hospital.
What's the difference between self-quarantine and self-isolation?
While both will limit your movements, self-quarantine is what people are required to do in case they have come in contact with a confirmed case.
Self isolation is the term used when asking people who are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 to stay in their home or in hospital until they are no longer infectious.
Returning from overseas travel
If you have been overseas in the last 14 days and are feeling unwell, call your doctor immediately.
All travellers from overseas must self-quarantine for 14 days from the day they arrived in Australia. Anyone returning from overseas must self-quarantine in the city of their arrival in a designated facility, for example a hotel.
If your final destination is in another city, or state or territory you will be required to complete quarantine in the city you arrived before returning home.
Accommodation will be provided for the quarantine period.
For more information, visit the Australian Government website.
If I am in self-quarantine, does my family or other people I live with also need to self-quarantine?
The rest of your household does not need to self-quarantine if you stay away from others in your home. They are only required to self-quarantine if they meet one of the criteria for self-quarantine outlined above.
As much as possible, you should:
- stay in a room away from others
- sleep in a separate bedroom
- use a separate bathroom
Also, don't allow visitors into the home.
Wash your hands often, and keep 1.5 metres away from other people as much as you can – think two big steps.
If you usually live with vulnerable people, like those over the age of 65 with chronic disease, they should stay somewhere else if they can, until you finish self-quarantine.
If you have no other means of getting food or essential items
People who have no other means of support can call the Community Recovery Hotline for assistance. The hotline has been activated by the Queensland Government to assist people who have been advised to quarantine at home by a medical professional, Queensland Health or through government direction and have no other mechanisms for support.
Community Recovery will work with partner organisations to arrange non-contact delivery of essential food and medication to people in quarantine with no other means of support. The Community Recovery Hotline can be contacted on 1800 173 349.
Queenslanders who require health advice or information while in quarantine or self-isolation should continue to call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or visit the Queensland Health website. Staff at 13 HEALTH can connect people through to a local public health unit and other health support services.
What happens when I end my 14 days of self-quarantine?
If you are well at the end of your quarantine period, you are free to go about your usual activities, while following government directions.
What happens to those who do not comply with self-quarantine orders?
The health and wellbeing of Queenslanders is our top priority, and we know Queenslanders are always supportive of measures that protect the community.
Queensland Health is issuing self-quarantine notices to people who meet certain criteria, that requires them to go in to mandatory self-quarantine.
If a person is suspected to have breached the notice, we'll initially work closely with the person to ensure they not only understand their obligations, but also the importance and seriousness of self-quarantine under the current global circumstances.
There are additional compliance measures available to Queensland Health under the Public Health Act 2005, and any further failure to comply may be subject to enforcement actions, including fines of up to $13,345 and other penalties.
Keeping spirits up while in self-quarantine
Being under quarantine can be challenging. Suggestions include:
- Talk to the other members of the family about the infection. Understanding coronavirus (COVID-19) will reduce anxiety.
- Reassure young children using age-appropriate language.
- Keep up a normal daily routine as much as possible.
- Keep busy – work or learn from home if you can.
- Think about how you have coped with difficult situations in the past and reassure yourself that you will cope with this situation too. Remember that quarantine won’t last for long.
- Keep in touch with family members and friends via telephone, email or social media.
- Exercise regularly. Options could include exercise DVDs, dancing, floor exercises, yoga, walking around the backyard or using home exercise equipment. Exercise is a proven treatment for stress and depression.