covid 19 virus

COVID-19 – Self-Isolation

Last Reviewed/Updated: December 30, 2021

Self-isolation means staying at home and avoiding situations where you could come in contact with others. Do not leave the house unless to seek medical attention or to get tested for COVID-19.

*Please be advised that some of the information on this page may be out of date. PPH will be working on updates shortly after the December 30 provincial announcement.


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Who is required to self-isolate and for how long?
What is a Section 22 Class Order?
Self-isolation After Travel
How long do I need to self-isolate for?
What to do during self-isolation?
Completing self-isolation
Additional Resources

How to self-isolate and additional resources
What is self-isolation in American Sign Language


Who is required to self-isolate and for how long?

Please self-isolate if you:

  • Have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Have symptoms of COVID-19 and are awaiting test results
  • Have recently tested positive for COVID-19
  • Have been notified by Public Health to self-isolate.
  • Have come into close contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in the past 10 days and you are not fully immunized
  • Have come into close contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case, and are immunocompromised, hospitalized, or live in a high-risk congregate setting – regardless of your vaccination status
  • Are a household member of someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 and is awaiting test results OR tested positive – regardless of your vaccination status

*If you have tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), please seek PCR confirmatory testing if eligible (find testing information here COVID-19: Testing). While awaiting testing, please isolate and have your contacts follow the guidance here COVID-19: Case and Contact Guidance. If you have symptoms or test positive, please notify your household members and close contacts. Refer them to the resources at COVID-19: Case and Contact Guidance.

Section 22 Class Order

  • The Class Order requires certain individuals to self-isolate to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. 
  • Requires individuals to disclose requested information to Peterborough Public Health investigators to facilitate case and contact management 
  • Failure to comply with the Class Order may result in an individual being charged a set fine of $750.00, or up to $5,000 for each day that the offence occurs, on conviction. 

Within Peterborough Region, there is additional instruction on the information:  Peterborough Public Health Section 22 Class Order – Mandatory self-isolation

Self-Isolation After Travel

  • Self-isolation is also mandatory for any returning international travelers, for 14 days from when you arrived in Canada, even if you receive a negative test result during this 14-day period.
  • Individuals that are fully vaccinated are able to submit proof to the ArriveCAN App. If approved by a border agent, self-isolation may not be required. More information can be found at Quarantine Act Hotline at 1-833-784-4397, or call Canada Border Services Agency at 1-800-461-9999
  • There are different travel restrictions and exemptions when moving between or within some provinces and territories. Always check what the restrictions of your destination and for local information click here.

For more information on travel restrictions and exemptions: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid

How Long Do I Need to Self-Isolate For?

Residents of Peterborough City, County, Curve Lake First Nation, and Hiawatha First Nation who test positive for COVID-19 or are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, will be contacted by Public Health and informed about the length of time you are required to self-isolate. 

What to Do During SelfIsolation?

Completing self-isolation

Once you have been discharged by Public Health, you are free to rejoin regular activities (work, school, other). Continue following public health measures to stay safe. This includes wearing a well-fitted mask, washing your hands often, self-monitoring for symptoms and receive your COVID19 vaccine when eligible.   

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