Changes to COVID-19 rules
From 9 September, regulations on self-isolation change. If you no longer have symptoms, you may be able to leave self-isolation 5 days after your positive test. Find new self-isolation rules on Testing positive to COVID-19.
From 21 September, you don’t need to wear a mask in cruise terminals, transport waiting areas or on public transport. You still must wear a mask in some settings, however. Visit the Face mask rules page for more information.
Most people who test positive for COVID-19 will experience a mild illness and can safely manage their symptoms at home.
Self-isolate when you get a test, have COVID-19, are a household or close contact with symptoms, or at high risk of getting COVID-19.
If you live with someone who has COVID-19 or you are a close contact, follow these guidelines to help protect your loved ones and your community.
Find a testing clinic
Most people can use a rapid antigen test (RAT) to detect COVID-19. Find out if you need to get a PCR (nose and throat swab) test, and locate a clinic near you.
Antivirals and COVID-19
Antiviral medications work best when taken as soon as possible, usually within 5 days from when your symptoms start. Find out who is eligible, and how to access them.
It can be difficult to tell the difference between long COVID and similar conditions. Learn about the symptoms of long COVID, where to seek support, and how to protect yourself.
Contacts and enquiries
- Call Service NSW 7am - 7pm, Monday - Friday and 9am - 5pm on weekends and public holidays: 13 77 88
- Call the National Coronavirus Helpline
1800 020 080 (24-hour help line). Choose Option 8 for free interpreting service.
- Use the HealthDirect Coronavirus Symptom Checker
- Call the NSW Health Flu and COVID-19 Care at Home Support Line on 1800 960 933