How to Isolate

How to Isolate

Find out if you need to isolate and how long you need to isolate

When isolating you should:

Stay home

  • Do not use public transportation, taxis or rideshares 
  • Do not go to work, school, child care or other public places
  • Only leave home if there is a medical emergency or you need to get a clinical assessment or test.
  • You may leave your home for independent outdoor exercise but should maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres (6 feet) from others at all times. Do not go to outdoor fitness classes or personal training sessions. Wear a mask in common areas when leaving the property if self-isolating in an apartment building, condo or hotel.

Limit the number of visitors in your home

  • Only have visitors who you must see for critical reasons and keep the visits short
  • Keep away from seniors and people with chronic medical conditions (for example, diabetes, lung problems, immune deficiency)

Avoid contact with others

  • Stay in a separate room away from other people in your home as much as possible
  • Use a separate bathroom if you have one
  • Make sure that shared rooms have good airflow (for example, open windows)

Keep distance

  • If you are in a room with other people, minimize time spent with others, keep a distance of at least 2 metres and ensure everyone wears a mask that covers their nose, mouth and chin.
  • If you are unable to wear a mask, it is very important that other people should wear a mask when they are in the same room as you.

Cover your coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hand.
  • Throw used tissues in a lined waste basket and wash your hands. Lining the wastebasket with a plastic bag makes waste disposal easier and safer.
  • After emptying the wastebasket wash your hands.

Wash your hands

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Dry your hands with a paper towel, or with your own cloth towel that no one else uses.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Wear a mask over your nose and mouth

  • Wear a mask if you must leave your house to see a health care provider.
  • Wear a mask whenever you might get within 2 metres of other people.

Public Health does not recommend workplaces require doctors notes to return to work after isolation. Public Health does not issue letters indicating persons are released from isolation.