Area of Law: Coronavirus COVID-19
Answer # 7003
Responsibility to self-isolateRegion: Ontario Answer # 7003
What is self-isolation?
Self-isolation is defined by global governments to include:
- Not going to school
- Not attending public areas, including places of worship, concerts, sports facilities
- Not going to work
- Not using public transportation
- Not having visitors to your home and so on.
Who should self-isolate?
The Canadian Government has asked people who are at risk to self-isolate, including:
- People who have recently travelled abroad
- Those who feel unwell and have some symptoms of Coronavirus
- Those who have been in close contact with someone who has been confirmed to have Coronavirus etc.
How long should you self-isolate?
The virus can incubate from 2-14 days. Therefore, it is recommended that people who are at risk should stay home for 14 days.
Legal liability for not self-isolating
If you know that you have the Coronavirus and you don’t self-isolate, you may be legally liable for spreading the virus. In some cases, such as knowingly attending public places such as schools and retirement homes, criminal prosecution may arise.
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