Protecting Yourself and Others

We can all help to slow the spread of COVID-19. By following good hygiene, practicing social distancing and follow official announcements we can stop the virus and protect us and our loved ones.

Good hygiene

We all need to practise good hygiene to protect against infection and prevent the virus spreading.

When you practise good hygiene you:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
  • Put used tissues straight into the bin
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitisers
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces such as benchtops, desks and doorknobs
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used objects such as mobile phones, keys, wallets and work passes
  • Increase the amount of fresh air available by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

Social distancing

One way to slow the spread of viruses is social distancing. The more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread. Keep at least 1.5 m distance between you and others at all time. Learn more about social distancing here.


You are required to self-isolate if you have COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or have arrived in Australia after the 15 March 2020.

This means you have to stay in a hotel or at home for 14 days. This will prevent the virus from spreading.

  • Do not leave your home/hotel unless it is an emergency
  • Do not go to public places such as work or shopping centres
  • Do not let visitors in - only people who usually live with you should be in your home
  • If you are isolating at home, ask friends or family to organise your groceries, use a delivery service or contact your state or territory health agency

For more information about how you can protect yourself and others, please click here

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