What is self- isolation?


In general, self-isolation means staying at home (within your house and garden areas) and reducing contact with all other people. 

If you are in the following groups, the National Cabinet strongly urges you to remain at home & limit contact with others when they travel outside:

  • over 70 years of age; 
  • over 60 years of age who have existing health conditions or comorbidities;
  • indigenous Australians over the age of 50 who have existing health conditions or comorbidities. Labels with messages relating to the Coronavirus outbreak

You can:

  • go shopping for what you need (food and necessary supplies)
  • fulfill medical or health needs, including compassionate requirements
  • exercise (in groups of 2 people only)
  • work & study if you can’t work remotely
  • go outside into your garden/property

Playgrounds, skate parks and outside gyms in public places will be closed.

If you do need to go to the undertake any of the above activities outside your home, you may consider:

  • Wearing a mask (if you have one)
  • Wearing gloves to go shopping (and remove them, all clothing and shower/change clothes when you return)
  • Use hand sanitiser and wash your hands frequently
  • If you sneeze, sneeze into your elbow
  • Throw out any old tissues

Indoor & Outdoor gatherings

National Cabinet agreed to limit both indoor and outdoor gatherings to two persons only. 

Exceptions to this limit include:

  • People of the same household going out together;
  • Funerals – a maximum of 10 people; 
  • Wedding – a maximum of 5 people;
  • Family units. 

Individual states and territories may choose to mandate and/or enforce this requirement. 

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