Guidelines for close contacts in Queensland
Changes to quarantine requirement for close contacts
From 6pm AEST Thursday 28 April 2022, there are no quarantine requirements for close contacts as long as they:
- do not have COVID-19 symptoms
- follow the Guidelines for Close Contacts on this page.
COVID-19 and voting in the 2022 federal election
- If you have COVID-19 on election day, Saturday 21 May, you are eligible to vote by telephone. See the AEC website for further information.
- If you're in Queensland, and are a close contact, you may attend a polling place to vote on election day. You must wear a mask and practise physical distancing, as well as limit interaction with others and only stay at the polling place for as long as needed to vote.
Who do 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.
What do I do if I am a close contact and I have symptoms of COVID-19?
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.
For example, 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 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, wearing a face mask, cleaning your hands regularly, good respiratory hygiene (such as covering your cough) and maintaining physical distance from others, are all strategies that will help limit the spread of respiratory viruses.
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.
What do I do if I am a close contact and do not have symptoms of COVID-19?
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
- not visit vulnerable settings, such as hospitals, aged care and disability facilities, unless in exceptional or compassionate circumstances (for example, end of life visits)
It is also recommended that you:
- test for COVID-19 if you develop symptoms
- avoid large gatherings or crowded indoor events
- 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.
Can I go to work or school while I am a close contact?
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.
What do I do if I am a close contact and I work 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.