Who needs to self-isolate?

Every person required to self-isolate must do so in a housing unit in which no other person lives, and this housing unit must include its own bathroom, kitchen and sleeping quarters.

If someone in a household has travelled outside of the province for any reason, every household member MUST monitor for symptoms for 14 days. If anyone develops symptoms of COVID-19, all household members MUST self-isolate and the symptomatic person needs to get tested for COVID-19.

People with COVID-19 do not always recognize their early symptoms. Even if you do not have symptoms now, it is possible to transmit COVID-19 before you start showing symptoms or without ever developing symptoms.

Testing and Isolation Requirements after Travel


Self-isolate means that, for 14 days you need to:

  • stay at home and monitor yourself for symptoms, even just one mild symptom
  • avoid contact with other people to help prevent transmission of the virus prior to developing symptoms or at the earliest stage of illness
  • do your part to prevent the spread of disease by practicing physical distancing in your home
  • monitor yourself for symptoms, such as:
    • fever
    • a new cough, or worsening chronic cough
    • sore throat
    • runny nose
    • headache
    • a new onset of fatigue
    • diarrhea
    • loss of sense of taste
    • loss of sense of smell
    • in children, purple markings on the fingers and toes
  • avoid using fever-reducing medications (e.g., acetaminophen, ibuprofen) as much as possible
  • these medications could mask an early symptom of COVID-19

If you start to develop symptoms while self-isolating, you must:

  • remain isolated from others as soon as you notice your first symptom
  • immediately call Tele-Care 8-1-1 OR complete the online self-assessment form to discuss your symptoms and travel history, and follow their instructions carefully
  • if you develop urgent symptoms (i.e. difficulty breathing), call 911 or your local emergency help line and inform them that:
    • you may have COVID-19
    • are at high risk for complications

Note: If you are living with a person who is isolated because they have or are suspected to have COVID-19, your self-isolation period will be extended for an additional 14 days. Seek direction from public health.

To self-isolate, take the following measures:

Limit contact with others

  • Avoid self-isolating at home if you cannot separate yourself from those who live with you. For example, if:
    • you live in a group or communal living setting
    • you share a small apartment
    • you live in the same household with large families or many people
    • you have roommates who have not travelled with you that you cannot avoid
    • your location is a camp, student dorm or other group setting where there is close contact, and you share common spaces
  • Stay at home or the place you are staying (do not leave your property).
  • Sleep in separate rooms.
  • Only leave your home to seek time-sensitive medical services (use private transportation for this purpose).
  • Do not go to school, work, other public areas or use public transportation (e.g., buses, taxis).
  • Do not have any guests, even if you are outdoors.
  • Avoid contact with people who are at risk of more severe disease or outcomes, including:
    • older adults
    • people of any age with chronic medical conditions
    • people of any age who are immunocompromised
  • Avoid contact with others in the same household
  • If you are staying in a hotel, do not use shared spaces, such as lobbies, courtyards, restaurants, gyms or pools.
  • If contact cannot be avoided, take the following precautions:
    • limit interactions with others in the household; 
    • stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom, if possible
      • if you are unable to isolate away from those living with you the ENTIRE household must isolate.
  • Some people may transmit COVID-19 even though they do not show any symptoms.
    • Wearing a non-medical mask or face covering if close contact with others cannot be avoided, can help protect those around you.
      • It should be made with at least 3 layers of tightly woven fabric, constructed to completely cover the nose and mouth without gaping and secured to the head by ties or ear loops.
  • Avoid contact with animals, as there have been several reports of people transmitting COVID-19 to their pets.

What does “work isolation” mean?

  • You travel to your place of work, post-secondary school, medical appointments or veterinary appointments located outside New Brunswick without making any additional stops along the way or on your return home;
  • At work or school, you avoid meeting spaces and lunch rooms;
  • You wear a mask in indoor public spaces;
  • You wear a mask in outdoor public spaces, even if you are able to maintain physical distancing;
  • When you are home in New Brunswick, you limit contacts to a single- household bubble, with no visitors in your home or outside of your home with people outside your household bubble;
  • You are vigilant in self-monitoring for symptoms and getting tested and self-isolating as soon as possible should symptoms develop;
  • You wash your hands or use sanitizer frequently;
  • You maintain a two-metre distance from others;
  • You avoid gatherings and social events.

If you are work-isolating and not living in your residence, you must stay in your place of accommodation (hotel, lodging, etc.) when not working and make arrangements to have food delivered.


Coping with Self-Isolation

Self-isolation can at times be needed to prevent the spread of a virus in a community.  Unfortunately, this can worsen feelings of loneliness or abandonment.  People placed in self-isolation may experience a wide range of feelings, including relief, fear, anger, sadness, irritability, guilt or confusion.  Humans are social creatures and need connection to others to thrive, which can make isolation challenging. For suggestions that may help you through this challenging time, click here.