Restricted movements (stay at home)

When there's a chance you may have COVID-19 (coronavirus), restricting your movements helps to stop the spread of the virus.

It means staying at home as much as possible to avoid contact with other people. You can spread the virus even if you do not have symptoms.

How long to restrict movements for

For advice on when to restrict movements and how long to do it, visit:

If you are a close contact of COVID-19

If your child is a close contact of COVID-19


If you had a positive COVID-19 antigen or PCR test since 1 December 2021, you do not have to restrict your movements. You do not need to get tested unless you develop symptoms.

How to restrict your movements


  • avoid social situations and contact with other people as much as you can

  • stay at home or in your accommodation as much as possible - you can still go outside to exercise by yourself as long as you keep 2 metres away from other people

  • wear a medical or respirator face mask


  • do not go to work, unless you work on your own and can completely avoid other people

  • do not go to a vaccination appointment – reply to your text with the word 'New' or phone 1800 700 700 to reschedule

  • do not go to school or college

  • do not use public transport

  • do not have visitors at your home

  • do not visit others, even if you usually care for them

  • do not go to the shops or pharmacy - shop online or ask family or friends to help

  • do not drop off or collect your children from school - if you have to go, avoid other people and stay in your car

  • do not go to gatherings such as weddings or funerals

  • do not meet face-to-face with people at high-risk from COVID-19

If you live with someone who is restricting their movements

If you live with someone who is restricting their movements, you do not need to restrict your movements.

If you are caring for someone who cannot self-isolate

It may not be possible for some people with COVID-19 to self-isolate. For example, a child, an older person or someone with a disability.

You and everyone else they live with need to take extra care to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. You may need to restrict your movements too.

Read more about what to do if you are caring for someone who cannot self-isolate

Last updated: 18 January 2022 at 4.40pm

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