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  • Confirmed cases are required to isolate for 7 days and will self-release after day 7, providing that testing requirements are met.
  • Close contacts are not required to self-isolate under phase three. As such, they will no longer use the close contact exemption scheme or have the same use for Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs).
  • Household contacts who live in the same house as infected cases will still be required to self-isolate.
  • Household contacts will need to get tested on day three and day ten. If they develop symptoms, they are encouraged to test sooner. Their entire household should be symptom-free before being able to self-release. 
  • Because household contacts are required by law to self-isolate they can use the close contact exemption scheme to return to work if they are asymptomatic and meet the requirements of the scheme (i.e. are critical workers) https://www.business.govt.nz/covid-19/close-contact-exemption-scheme/
  • Additional information can be found at the Unite Against Covid website. If you need health advice contact your normal health provider such as your GP or ring Healthline on 0800 358 5453