COVID-19 update 21 April 2022

COVID update

The close contact rule for COVID in NSW is changing

From 6pm on Friday 22 April, close contacts will not have to isolate, as long as they have no symptoms, but they will have to follow some guidelines for seven days:

  • have not visit aged care places or hospitals
  • wear a face mask in indoor settings outside the home
  • do daily RATs where practical
  • stay away from elderly or sick people
  • work from home if possible
  • let their employer know they are a close contact and are following the above rules

There are no changes for positive cases: the seven-day isolation requirement remains the same for anyone who has recorded a positive RAT or PCR result.

What if someone at my house has COVID?
The person with COVID must isolate for seven days from when they tested positive.
Family with no symptoms do not have to isolate but for seven days but must:

  • not visit aged care places or hospitals
  • wear a face mask in indoor settings outside the home
  • do daily RATs where practical
  • stay away from elderly or sick people
  • work from home if possible
  • let their employer know they are a close contact and are following the above rules

Family with symptoms should test and isolate. Read more here.

Cost of Living Payment

Cost of Living Payment
The Cost of Living Payment is a one time payment of $250 for people getting an eligible payment or concession card.

You don’t need to contact Centrelink or apply for this payment. If you are eligible you will start receiving payments automatically from next week.

You can check your bank account details are up to date using your Centrelink online account through myGov or the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.

Find out if you are eligible here.