Wash your hands and maintain physical distancing
By turning these COVID safe behaviours into everyday habits, we can continue to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.
- Avoid close contact with people who have cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Stay at home if you are unwell. Get tested immediately and self-isolate until you receive a negative result.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing and sneezing, or use your elbow, not your hands.
Wash your hands
- Wash your hands often. Use soap and water and wash for 20 seconds.
- When you can’t wash your hands with soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
- Reduce close physical contact with people you don’t live with. Keep a distance of 1.5m between yourself and other people, where possible.
- Carry a clean face mask with you and wear it if you are unable to maintain 1.5m of physical distance from others.
- Avoid public places if they look overcrowded.
It's also important to take these steps when visiting people at higher risk of severe illness, such as those in aged care facilities or hospitals, pregnant women, or people with compromised immune systems.