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There are things you can do to help reduce your risk of catching and spreading COVID-19.

We give advice on what you should do using the traffic light system. traffic light level red, amber, either green – Based on the current level of risk in the community.

You can wear a mask any time you want.

You should always stay home if you are sick, maintain good hygiene and stay up-to-date on your vaccines.

Find out about the different levels of traffic lights and how they can help you make informed decisions to enhance your personal safety.

what does each traffic light mean

green (Baseline) means the rate of community transmission is low and Queensland is not in a COVID-19 wave.

when the traffic light is on greenWe recommend you:

If you get COVID-19:

  • Register Your RAT Result
  • stay at home until you are well again
  • Wear a mask for 7 days after testing positive
  • avoid going into hospital, aged care, or disability care for 7 days after the test unless you are receiving care
  • Ask household members to closely monitor you for symptoms.

Sky (Tier 1) means there is a moderate rate of community transmission and Queensland is coming out of a wave or entering a new wave.

when the traffic light is on SkyWe recommend you wear a mask:

  • in healthcare settings
  • indoors, if you can’t socially distance
  • on public transport
  • If you are aged or at medical risk
  • If you are around people who are vulnerable to COVID-19
  • If required by any place or family.

People who are older or have medical conditions may be more vulnerable to severe illness if they get COVID-19.

Places where it is more likely that people may get COVID-19 include health care settings such as hospital emergency departments and general practitioner (GP) waiting rooms.

Take a rapid antigen test (RAT) if you get symptoms of COVID-19 – or every two days, if someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19.

If you get COVID-19:

  • Register Your RAT Result
  • stay at home until you are well again
  • Wear a mask for 7 days after testing positive
  • avoid going into hospital, aged care, or disability care for 7 days after the test unless you are receiving care
  • Ask household members to closely monitor you for symptoms.

You should always stay home if you are sick, maintain good hygiene and stay up-to-date on your vaccines.

red (Tier 2) means there is a high rate of community transmission and Queensland is entering or is in a COVID-19 wave.

when the traffic light is on redWe recommend you wear a mask:

  • indoors, even if you can socially distance
  • on public transport
  • If you are aged or at medical risk
  • If you have been around people who are at risk of COVID-19

People who are older or have medical conditions may be more vulnerable to severe illness if they get COVID-19.

Places where it is more likely that people may get COVID-19 include health care settings such as hospital emergency departments and general practitioner (GP) waiting rooms.

Take a rapid antigen test (RAT) if you get symptoms of COVID-19 – or every two days, if someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19.

If you get COVID-19:

  • Register Your RAT Result
  • stay at home until you are well again
  • Wear a mask for 7 days after testing positive
  • avoid going into hospital, aged care, or disability care for 7 days after the test unless you are receiving care
  • Ask household members to closely monitor you for symptoms.

You should always stay home if you are sick, maintain good hygiene and stay up-to-date on your vaccines.

other measures

The advice in the traffic light system is only a recommendation and not a legal requirement. However, if there is a serious risk to the public health system or community from COVID-19, the Chief Health Officer may order:

  • wearing a mask under specified circumstances
  • Isolation for people with COVID-19 and quarantine for symptomatic close contacts
  • Immunizations for workers in certain settings.

National COVID-19 Community Safety Framework for COVIDSafe Australia

The Baseline, Tier 1 and Tier 2 outlined above correspond to the Base Level Strategies, Tier 1 and Tier 2 respectively, in the National COVID-19 Community Protection Framework for a COVIDSafe Australia.