Clarification on 14-day Self-isolation for Health Care Workers

March 20, 2020 | News, COVID-19


The Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry provided clarification on the requirement for health workers to self-isolate for 14 days when returning from travel outside of Canada.

All health care workers must self-isolate for 14 days when returning from travel outside of Canada. An exception to this can be made if the worker is required to provide a critical function in providing care to residents, clients, or patients. While there isn’t a strict definition as to what “critical function” means, it would have to be a situation where care would be compromised without that worker.

If a worker is required to work within the 14-day period, they must take additional precautions and adhere to the following:

  • Have no signs of illness
  • Wear a mask in all contact with residents, clients, and patients
  • Stay separate when they can from other staff (no lunches together with other staff)
  • Self-monitor for symptoms
  • Remain in self-isolation when not at work