The isolation period has now been reduced from 10 days to 7 days for positive cases and Household Contacts. This means if you are currently on Day 8, 9 or 10, you can now leave isolation as long as you have no new or worsening symptoms. If you are a Household Contact, you must also have a negative test before you can leave isolation.
Household Contacts who test positive will need to begin a new 7 days isolation from that point. Anyone isolating who still has symptoms after 7 days should stay home until 24 hours after symptoms resolve. With a decline in the infectiousness of Omicron over time, public health advice is that in most cases, transmission occurs within 7 days. Seven days will break the vast majority of potential transmissions while making sure people can get back to work quicker and therefore reducing the flow-on impacts on business operations.
The risk of reinfection within the first three months after someone has Omicron is very low, and for this reason, recovered cases will no longer need to self-isolate if they become a Household Contact within 90 days after having the virus. This is an increase from the current 28 days.
Other public health measures remain in place to help keep people safer, including limits on the size of gatherings, wearing face masks and physically distancing.
We have updated our flowcharts with this new period of isolation. They will be available for download on our website here: https://covid19.govt.nz/languages-and-resources/posters/