covid 19 virus

COVID-19 – Self-Isolation

Last Reviewed/Updated: 10:47 a.m., June 28, 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.


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Who is required to self-isolate and for how long?
How long do I need to self-isolate for?
What to do during self-isolation?
Completing self-isolation

Other 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?

  • Self-isolation is mandatory if you:
    • Are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
    • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and are awaiting test results
    • Have tested positive for COVID-19
    • Have been notified by Public Health of being a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19

Peterborough Public Health Class Order – Mandatory self-isolation

  • 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.
  • There are travel restrictions and exemptions when moving between or within some provinces and territories.

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 and County 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 Peterborough Public Health to discuss the length of time you are required to self-isolate.

Use this Self Assessment Tool if:

  • you think you have symptoms of COVID-19
  • in the last 14 days you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • you have been in close contact with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 who has returned to Canada in the last 14 days

What to Do During SelfIsolation?

Have Food Delivered and Eat as Well as You Can

Keep Physically Active

  • If feeling well enough, try to keep active. Do chores around the house or try a home workout program. You can do things like shovel snow, but you must remain on your own property. See here for more ideas about how to keep active: Physical Activity at Home

Stay Connected With People

Maintain a Daily Routine, Including Going to Bed and Getting Up Around the Same Time Each Day

Support Children Who are Self-Isolating

  • Children can have extra needs when self-isolating as they may not fully understand why they need to stay home. Try to keep their daily routine as consistent as possible. For more information on parenting during the pandemic Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for parents

Take the Time to Do Things You Enjoy

  • Try hobbies you don’t always have time to do. Listen to music, take a class online, complete jobs around the house – Take advantage of the time and do things for you!

If You Use Substances Such as Alcohol, Cannabis, or Other Substances Monitor Your Use.

The COVID-19 pandemic can be a very stressful time. For resources to support your safety and mental wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic:

COVID-19 – Supports for Mental Health & Substance Use

Completing self-isolation

  • Once you have completed your self-isolation period, you are free to rejoin regular activities (work, school, other). Like everyone else, continue to maintain at least 2m distances, wear a well-fitted mask, wash your hands often, and self-monitor for symptoms.

 COVID-19 is a Global Pandemic that Affects Us All. If you or someone you know are experiencing stigma associated with COVID-19 review these commonly asked questions: Addressing COVID-19 fear and Stigma