COVID-19 and bushfires

If you are in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19, you can leave your home if you are in immediate danger or your home is unsafe – but try to get back home as soon as you can safely.

If you need to attend an emergency relief centre or a Bushfire Last Resort Refuge, stay outside, alert emergency services (e.g. SAPOL, relief authorities at the location) and follow instructions. Advise emergency services that you are a close contact, have recently tested positive for COVID-19 or if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

Relocating during a bushfire

During COVID-19 restrictions you may travel if you are leaving as part of your bushfire plan. If you plan to leave early and stay with relatives or friends, consider alternative arrangements if your plan was to stay with elderly or immune-compromised relatives or friends to reduce the risk of vulnerable people being exposed to COVID-19.

While staying in someone’s home, follow current COVID-19 health advice.

Review your Bushfire Survival Plan

Updating your emergency kit

Remember to update your emergency kit with:

  • Face masks
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Antibacterial wipes

Download Emergency Kit fact sheet


Updated 13 January 2022