This information provides you with some general information on hygiene practices and social distancing to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) in a rooming house or share house setting and is particularly important if you have an older or vulnerable person in the house.

Wash your hands often

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or using the toilet. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Cover your coughs and sneezes

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.

Dispose of tissues into a disposable rubbish bag and immediately wash your hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitiser.

Cleaning and disposal of waste

Shared communal areas such as bathrooms and kitchens should be cleaned after each use. When cleaning you can use household cleaning products like detergents and bleach and always according to the manufacturers recommendations. Clean frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, handrails and bench tops.

Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags and placed into the general waste.  


Do not share personal laundry such as towels, including hand towels and tea towels, unwashed bed linen and clothes.

Keep your distance

Try to keep 1.5 metres distance from other members of the house where possible, this may mean trying to avoid communal areas if they are already being used.

Avoid shaking hands, hugging or kissing to greet fellow housemates.

Don’t allow visitors

Any gathering of more than 2 people except for members of your immediate household and for work or education purposes, is a risk for transmitting coronavirus and is not allowed.

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