Residents in New South Wales, including those living in towns surrounding the ACT, will no longer need to isolate if deemed a household contact of a positive COVID-19 case.

The changes to the state’s close contact rules only apply to those who are not displaying any symptoms and include a number of additional guidelines:

  • Wearing a mask in indoor settings while outside of the home.
  • Undertake daily RAT tests, where practical, before coming into close contact with people outside of their household.
  • Not visiting aged care, hospitals, disability and correctional facilities without exemptions.
  • Avoid contacts with elderly and immunocompromised people
  • Work from home where practical
  • Notify your employer/educational facility

Positive cases will still need to spend a week self-isolating.

The changes come into effect from 6pm this Friday 22 April.

Victoria is also implementing similar changes from 11:59pm Friday night.

The ACT is considering it’s own changes to isolation rules but no details have yet been confirmed.