The Director-General of Health has issued a circular revising tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols. Members should note that the Tourism Directions will need to be revised and published before the below is applicable to the tourism sector.
- All contact tracing is to be stopped with immediate effect except in congregate settings and cluster outbreak situations or self-contained settings.
- Continue heightened monitoring, i.e., daily temperature testing, symptom screening.
- Only if there are symptoms, should the guest be tested and managed according to the severity of the symptoms.
- All quarantining to be stopped with immediate effect – vaccinated and unvaccinated.
- Isolation rules are applicable to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, as well as high- and low-risk individuals:
- Return to work from Day 10 onwards must take into consideration their clinical status
- For asymptomatic individuals:
- no isolation required
- Self-observation for 5-7 days for the development of any symptoms with enhanced precautions, including avoiding settings where people gather, mask-wearing and social distancing
- Mild disease (symptomatic and positive test, but do not require hospitalisation):
- Isolation period of 8 days
- Must wear mask at all times for duration of isolation
- No need for a COVID-19 test to be performed prior to returning to work
- Isolation beyond 8 days must be supported by a medical report
- Severe disease (tests positive and has exacerbated symptoms):
- Isolation period of 10 days after clinical stability is achieved
- Must wear a mask at all times for duration of isolation
- No need for COVID-19 test to be performed prior to returning to work
Isolation beyond 10 days must be supported by a medical report