Changes To Quarantine Requirements for Close Contacts

From 12.01am Friday 31 December 2021, the ACT will be one of 5 states and territories that will change the quarantining requirements for close contacts of COVID-19.

All close contacts, including unvaccinated people, currently in quarantine in the ACT and who have received a negative result from their day 6 test, can now leave quarantine from day 7.

Close contacts should still stay out of high risk settings, like hospitals and aged care facilities, for another 7 days unless you are seeking urgent medical care or have prior approval.

If you are currently in isolation as a confirmed case of COVID-19 from a test collected on or before 23 December, you can now leave quarantine from 12.01am 31/12/21.

Your clearance paperwork will follow from ACT Health

Unvaccinated close contacts may receive automated messages from ACT Health while these changes take effect – please disregard the advice.

As 2021 draws to an end, we would like to thank you for your efforts, including rolling up your sleeves to get vaccinated – and becoming one of the most vaccinated cities in the world!

We know it hasn’t been easy dealing with the uncertainty that COVID-19 has brought us this year.

However, the ACT public health objective remains on reducing community transmission, reducing pressure on our hospitals and protecting those most vulnerable.

Thank you for keeping Canberra safe and strong.