Laura Byrne blasts ‘confusing’ Covid isolation rules from NSW Health

After having to cancel their Christmas plans due to receiving a positive Covid test result, Laura Byrne has called out NSW Health’s “very confusing” home isolation instructions.

The former Bachelor star took to Instagram on Wednesday to detail her uncertainty over when she’s allowed to exit quarantine as her partner, Matty ‘J’ Johnson, still has to complete his 10 days in isolation.

Laura Byrne.
Laura Byrne has called out NSW Health’s home isolation instructions. Photo: Instagram/ladyandacat

“I have spoken to NSW Health and apparently if I have had [Covid] and I’ve had it for 10 days and now I’m symptom-free for more than two days, even though I live with people who still have it, I’m still able to go out as of the 10th day,” she said.

“If that’s wrong, and you work with NSW Health and I’ve been given misinformation, please call me because it’s very confusing. But if you don’t call me, I’m free, so I’m going to go off the phone call I had. So yeah, that’s where we’re at.”

Laura also explained to her 325k followers that Matty J has to stay inside because he’s only on day eight of his home isolation.

Laura Byrne's Instagram Stories.
Laura is about to finish her 10 days in home isolation while Matty J has only done eight. Photos: Instagram/ladyandacat

The Life Uncut podcast host first received news that she had tested positive for Covid on Christmas Eve after driving six hours from Sydney to Coffs Harbour.

“Guess who drove six hours in a car with two kids, a dog and Cocomelon on repeat only to find out that they have Covid... And then had to drive another six hours home?!" she posted on Instagram.

“We did! Merry Christmas to everyone, except Omicron you piece of sh*t.”


Along with her fiancé Matty J and two young daughters Marlie-Mae and Lola, who were still awaiting their test results at the time, Laura was on her way to spend the holiday season in Brisbane.

She admitted that she had “no idea” where she might have contracted Covid, but suspected it may have been a visit to Bondi Junction the previous week.

According to NSW Health’s website about self-isolation rules, positive cases can leave home quarantine when they are “medically cleared”.

“If you are self-managing you are able to leave self-isolation 10 days after your positive test, as long as you have had no symptoms for 72 hours – you will receive a SMS with this information,” the site reads.

“If you are under the care of a clinical team, your team will tell you when you will be released from isolation.”

'Covid sucks'

Laura’s update comes as fellow reality TV couple Martha Kalifatidis and Michael Brunelli revealed that they’ve also tested positive for Covid-19.

MAFS' Michael Brunelli and Martha Kalifatidis.
Martha Kalifatidis and Michael Brunelli also recently tested positive for Covid-19. Photo: Instagram/marthaa__k

The Married At First Sight pair, who recently returned home to Sydney after their whirlwind post-engagement trip to America, described their symptoms as “cold and flu and tonsillitis and gastro all in one”.

“Covid sucks, it is so f**king s**t,” Martha detailed on Instagram. “Some people are like, ‘Oh it's just a cold’. It is just a virus, but it is a pretty s**t one. Michael actually got hit really hard with it.

“So there's actually like a sore throat, chest burning, nausea, vomiting, fever and then chills. If you can avoid this, avoid it. You don’t want to get Covid, especially now when it's the holidays.”

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