Self-Isolation for Essential Workers

Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA)

On March 21, 2020 the provincial government announced a temporary order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA).

The order granted hospitals the ability to designate healthcare workers as essential to operation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What this means for you

If you have been deemed essential to operation, you may be asked to work with precautions even if you have:

  • had a high-risk exposure to a person with COVID-19

How to self-isolate while working

  • Take your temperature twice a day to monitor for fever.
  • Travel to and from work in your private vehicle. If you have to take transit, wear a surgical/procedure mask and perform hand hygiene before and after your travel to work.
  • During work, wear surgical/procedure mask and any additional Personal Protective Equipment, based on routine practices and additional precautions.
  • Do not eat your meals in a shared space with others.
  • Work in only one facility, where possible.
  • Self-isolate when not at work.

What to do if you develop symptoms while working

While at work

  • Immediately self-isolate. Remove yourself from providing care and inform your manager and Employee Health Services.

While at home

  • Immediately self-isolate in your home.
    • Do not go to work.
    • Notify your immediate manager and Employee Health Services.

How long you need to self-isolate 

  • Self-isolation applies for 14 days from your return from travel and/or last unprotected exposure to a person with COVID-19.
  • You can stop self-isolating after 14 days if you have not developed symptoms. Confirm this with your local health unit.
  • Maintain physical distancing after you have stopped self-isolating.

Tools & Resources


If you have questions about self-isolation while working, speak with your manager. If you require additional support, contact Employee Health Services

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