Positive cases and isolation requirements
People testing positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for at least 7 days. If the person has any new or worsening symptoms after 7 days, they are expected to stay in self-isolation until 24 hours after their symptoms resolve.
The ship remains the primary place for a maritime arrival to isolate if they are COVID-positive. In specific situations, COVID-19 cases self-isolating may be permitted to disembark the vessel, for example, to undertake essential permitted movements or to move to another place of self-isolation that is not a ship.
COVID-19 cases who are isolating on a ship (other than a cruise ship) are also permitted to leave the ship to undertake an essential task. In doing so, they will be required under clause 13A of the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Self-isolation Requirements) Order 2022 to take reasonable steps to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19. This includes by remaining as close as is reasonably practicable to the ship, maintaining physical distancing and wearing PPE while performing essential tasks.
Household contacts of COVID-19 cases
Household contacts of COVID-19 cases are no longer required to isolate but are recommended to do a Rapid Antigen Test every day for 5 days after becoming a household contact. You are a household contact if you live with or have spent a night or day (more than 8 hours) with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
On a cruise ship, a household contact is anyone who has shared a cabin with anyone else who has tested positive, while they are likely to have been infectious. On all other types of vessels, everyone on board is considered a household contact.