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Protect yourself and others from COVID-19

There are important steps you should take to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect yourself and those who are most at risk.


Everyone plays a part in stopping the spread of COVID-19 by having good personal hygiene:

  • wash your hands often for 20 seconds with soap and water
  • use alcohol-based hand sanitisers when you can’t use soap and water
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • clean and disinfect surfaces you use often such as benchtops, desks and doorknobs
  • clean and disinfect objects you use often such as mobile phones, keys, wallets and work passes.

If you have cold or flu like symptoms you should get tested for COVID-19, even if your symptoms are mild.


Wearing a mask can help protect you and those around you. To use a mask properly you should:

  • wash or sanitise your hands before putting it on or taking it off
  • make sure it covers your nose and mouth and fits snugly under your chin
  • avoid touching the front of your mask while wearing or removing it
  • keep it in place – don't hang it around your neck or under your nose
  • use a new single use mask each time
  • wash and dry reusable masks after use and store in a clean dry place.

Wondering if you need to wear a mask, or if you can travel interstate? To avoid waiting on a helpline, check the COVID-19 Restriction Checker for the rules in your area.

Physical distancing

One way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is physical distancing. The more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread.

Physical distancing means:

  • keeping 1.5 metres away from others wherever possible
  • avoiding physical greetings such as handshaking, hugs and kisses
  • practising extra care on public transport
  • avoiding crowds and large gatherings
  • practising good hygiene
  • getting tested and staying at home if you have any cold or flu symptoms.

Other protections and support

Last updated: 
6 January 2022

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