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COVID-19 AND SELF-ISOLATION

COVID-19 BACKGROUND

On March 18th, 2020, the Minister of Health and Community Services, on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, declared a public health emergency in Newfoundland and Labrador as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of this declaration, a series of Public Health Orders have been made that determine how people in Newfoundland and Labrador are supposed act for the interests of public health.

self-isolation

Self-isolation means staying at your home for a 14 days period. It requires that you do not use public transit and taxis, and do not go to work or other public places during self-isolation. This further means only having visitors in your home who must absolutely see you while you limit contact with seniors and other at risk individuals.

 

exemptions to self-isolation

Pursuant to the Special Measure Order issued on May 16th by the Chief Medical Officer, certain individuals are exempted from having to self-isolate when returning to Newfoundland and Labrador. Workers who travel to offshore oil platforms and installations off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador are not considered to have left the province, and are therefore not required to self-isolate for 14 days (provided they show no symptoms or flu or flu-like illnesses).

The following individuals are exempted from self-isolation practices, and these individuals may use public transit and taxis, and may also go to work or other public places during the public health emergency:

  • Asymptomatic workers (i.e., with no flu-like symptoms) while travelling to and from the province for work in the trade, transportation, mining, hydroelectric and oil and gas sectors arriving from another province or territory in Canada including the following:
    • Truck and transport drivers;
    • Military/Commercial plane and helicopter crew;
    • Marine vessel crew (for example: fishing, navy, freight, supplies, the coast guard, and Marine Atlantic);
    • Offshore oil workers;
    • Mining workers;
    • Hydro-electric workers; and
    • Contractors travelling to the province to perform maintenance on critical infrastructure.
  • Asymptomatic individuals (individuals showing no flu-like symptoms) crossing the Newfoundland and Labrador-Quebec border (for example: Fermont and Blanc-Sablon) for work and health care purposes only.

For more information about exemptions from self-isolation, please consult the May 16th, 2020 Special Measure Order by clicking here.

further information

As Newfoundland and Labrador shifts from Alert Levels 5 and 4 into more relaxed phases, it will be important to review government updates regarding COVID-19. For additional information about COVID-19 and self-isolation, please visit the provincial government website by clicking here.