How to protect yourself and others

The Department of Health encourages good hygiene, self-quarantine, medical masks and physical distancing to minimise the spread of Coronavirus and protect yourself and others. You can also use the COVID-19 Restriction Checker to see what restrictions are in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

001 hand sanitizer

Good Hygiene
Good hygiene includes washing your hands, covering your coughs and cleaning your home or workplace.

002 social distancing

Physical distancing
As states and territories ease restrictions, it is important everyone continues to stay 1.5 metres away from others wherever possible.

003 warming

Public gatherings

Public gatherings and social occasions significantly increase the risk of COVID-19 spreading. Rules for public gatherings and social gatherings can be checked for each state and territory here.

006 protection

Quarantine is when you are well but may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19. In such cases, you must stay in quarantine for 14 days to prevent the spread of the virus.

005 medical mask

Medical Masks
Wearing a mask can help protect you and those around you if you are in an area with community transmission, and physical distancing is not possible.


General Health advice and restrictions:

  • Everyone should stay home unless you are: shopping for essentials, receiving medical care, exercising or travelling to work or education. Read more. 

  • People aged over 70, aged over 65 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 with pre-existing conditions should stay home wherever possible for their own protection. 

  • Safe Work Australia has developed a website with guidelines and information across 23 industries so that businesses can return to work in a COVID safe environment.


Back to COVID-19 Resource Hub