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.

When to restrict your movements

When you should restrict your movements

You should restrict your movements (stay at home) if you do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and you:

  • become a household close contact - even if you are fully vaccinated
  • are not fully vaccinated and become a household or non-household close contact
  • are caring for or living with someone who cannot self-isolate

Read more about what to do if you are a close contact

If you have symptoms of COVID-19

If you have or develop symptoms of COVID-19 you need to:

Do these even if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

When you don't need to restrict your movements

You do not need to restrict your movements if you:

  • are a non-household close contact and you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • are a close contact (household or non-household) who had a positive COVID-19 PCR test in the past 9 months

If you have symptoms of COVID-19

If you have or develop symptoms of COVID-19 you need to:

Do these even if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

What do household and non-household close contact mean?

Household close contacts of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 include:

  • anyone who lives or sleeps in the same home as them
  • people sharing accommodation with them (if they share a kitchen or bathroom)
  • their sexual partners

Close contact (non-household) means spending more than a total of 15 minutes of face-to-face contact within 2 metres of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 over a 24 hour period.

What does fully vaccinated against COVID-19 mean?

You are fully vaccinated against COVID-19:

  • 7 days after your second Pfizer/BioNTech dose - also known as ‘Comirnaty’
  • 15 days after your second AstraZeneca dose - this vaccine may be called ‘Vaxzevria’ or ‘Covishield’
  • 14 days after your second Moderna dose - also known as ‘Spikevax’
  • 14 days after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine ‘Janssen’ - this is a single dose vaccine

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.

Don't

  • 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 are an essential worker and do not have any symptoms, talk to your employer.

How long to restrict movements for

How long you need to restrict your movements for depends on what type of close contact you are (household or non-household) and if you are fully vaccinated or not.

For full details read what to do if you are a close contact

Related situations you might be in

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 as long as they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19

If you have or develop symptoms of COVID-19 you need to:

Do these even if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

If you live with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19

Restrict your movements if you:

  • are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • have not had COVID-19 in the past 9 months
  • are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 but you feel unwell

The person who has symptoms should behave as if they have COVID-19 and:

You should both wear a medical face mask.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19

If you have or develop symptoms of COVID-19 you need to:

Do these even if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

If you live with someone waiting for test results

You may need to restrict your movements if you live with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 and is waiting on a test result.

Restrict your movements if you:

  • are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • have not had COVID-19 in the past 9 months

If their test comes back negative, you can return to your normal activities. If their test is positive, you will become a close contact and should continue to restrict your movements.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19

If you have or develop symptoms of COVID-19 you need to:

Do these even if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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 restrict movements and take extra care to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

Read more about caring for someone who cannot self-isolate

Last updated: 2 December 2021 at 7.30pm

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