Current as of May 2, 2022

You are now a close or household contact if you:

  • Live in the same house as someone who tests positive.

  • Spent 4 hours or longer with someone in a home, or health or aged care environment; or

  • Are determined as one by WA Health.

The infectious period is taken from 48 hours before onset of symptoms, or 48 hours before the positive test result, if they do not have symptoms, until the end of their isolation period.

Close or household contacts no longer need to isolate for seven days if they returned a negative test and have no symptoms. However, they must:

  • Monitor for symptoms for the next seven days.

  • Return a negative Rapid Anitgen Test every day they plan on leaving their home.

  • Be able to provide photographic evidence of a negative result from a rapid antigen test taken on that day.

  • Wear a mask including from when leaving home until their return.

  • Avoid high-risk settings, including hospitals, healthcare settings, disability and aged care facilities, and correctional facilities.

  • Avoid non-essential gatherings and contact with people at risk of severe illness.

  • Work or study from home, where possible.

If you're a close contact and you develop symptoms, you must isolate for seven days after their positive test result and follow the requirements for positive COVID-19 cases.

For more in-depth information regarding COVID-19 close contact rules and instructions, head over to the official WA government COVID-19 website here.


Information about isolating if you're a close contact:

  • Who must isolate: Anyone who spends at least 15 minutes of face-to-face contact with a COVID case without masks, or more than two hours in a small room without masks.

  • How long: 7 days.

  • Exemptions: People who have recovered from COVID in the last 12 weeks and critical workers with no symptoms.

New restrictions

From 12:01am on Thursday 3 March, the same day WA's borders fully reopen, the following rules will apply:

  • Mask mandates expanded to children in Year 3 and above

  • A 10-person limit for home gatherings

  • Hospitality, fitness, entertainment and other venues will stay at the two-square-metre rule, capped at 150 patrons

  • Seated and forward-facing venues, like theatres and cinemas, will be limited to 50 per cent capacity

  • Nightclubs will remain with the two-square-metre rule, with the 150-person limit

  • Outdoor events will be limited to the two-square-metre rule and capped at 500 people.

Border reopening update

Following a review of WA’s border controls based on the latest health advice, the Western Australian border will reopen from 12.01am Thursday, 3 March 2022.

The border opening will allow for safe travel into WA from interstate and overseas with vaccination and testing requirements on arrival, pending the latest health advice.

Interstate travel into WA

  • Have a registered G2G Pass

  • Be triple dose vaccinated, if eligible

  • Undertake a Rapid Antigen Test upon arrival within 12 hours and report any positive result.

International travel into WA

  • Meet Commonwealth Government requirements to enter Australia

  • Be fully vaccinated under the Commonwealth Government requirements, if eligible

  • Have a registered G2G Pass

  • Undertake a Rapid Antigen Test upon arrival within 12 hours and report any positive result

  • Unvaccinated returning Australians will be required to complete hotel quarantine.

The testing arrangements are interim and will be in place for a minimum of two weeks and then be subject to ongoing review. All arrivals will be provided with one Rapid Antigen Test upon arrival to meet these interim testing requirements.

New close contact definition

Western Australia will move to a new COVID-19 close contact definition from Tuesday 8 February, with those identified as close contacts or arriving from interstate and overseas to be required to isolate for seven days instead of 14. Under the new close contact and isolation rules, a person will be considered a close contact if they live with a positive case, are an intimate partner of a positive case, or have had 15 minutes or more of face-to-face contact, or more than two hours in a small room, with a case without masks being worn.

Public health advice

If you have visited an exposure site during the relevant times, you are required to follow the corresponding health advice issued for that location, unless directly advised otherwise by the Department of Health. If you have or develop symptoms, self-isolate and phone 13 COVID (13 26843).

Proof of vaccination requirements are ongoing.

Proof of vaccination requirements apply for certain venues such as nightclubs, music events above 500 people, and hospitality venues.

For more information visit the WA Government website.

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