Updated self-isolation rules for NSW residents

People have to self-isolate for different reasons. Read the information below for advice if you have been identified as needing to self-isolate.

Self-isolation means you must stay at your home or accommodation and remain separated from others. You can only leave to get medical care (such as a COVID-19 test) or in an emergency. You cannot have visitors. 

For more information about how to self-isolate you can read the NSW Health Self-Isolation Guidelines. 

When you have to self-isolate:

If you have COVID-19, you must self-isolate for at least 14 days – even if you’re vaccinated.

Close contacts who are vaccinated must self-isolate for 7 days (and limit their movements for the next 7 days). Close contacts who are not vaccinated must isolate for 14 days.

For the 7 days after you have completed self-isolation you must work from home where practicable, not attend hospitality settings (such as cafes and restaurants), and not attend high risk settings even if it is your place of work. High risk settings are healthcare, aged care, disability care, early childhood centres, primary school and correctional facilities.

If you were told you are a close contact before Monday 11 October and you are fully vaccinated, you can stop self-isolating either at the end of the previously advised period or at 11.59pm on Monday 18 October, whichever comes first.

Casual contacts need to get tested and self-isolate until you get a negative test result – even if you are vaccinated.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, get tested immediately and self-isolate until you get a negative result – even if you‘re vaccinated. There are more than 500 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit COVID-19 clinics or contact your GP.

Let’s stay COVID-19 safe western Sydney! For more head to nsw.gov.au here.