How to Quarantine and Isolate

You must quarantine for at least 14 days if you:

  • returned from travel outside Canada
  • have been in close contact with a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19
  • were notified of exposure through COVID Alert app

You must isolate for at least 10 days if you:

  • have been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • have symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild

Quarantining and isolating means staying at home and avoiding contact with other people to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others in your home and your community.

This means that you should only leave your home or see other people for critical reasons. Where possible, you should seek services over the phone or internet or ask for help from friends, family or neighbours with essential errands.

When quarantining or isolating you should:

Stay home

  • Do not use public transportation, taxis or rideshares (nor your own private car except in exceptional circumstances)
  • Do not go to work or other public places
  • Public Health will tell you when it is safe to leave

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.

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