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Responsibility to self-isolate

Region: 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.

For up-to-date information on Coronavirus COVID-19, refer to Health Canada, the World Health Organization and your Provincial Health Ministry.


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