Peggy Sattler MPP, London West

Government of Ontario

Physical distancing, self-isolation, and quarantine

Everyone should practice physical distancing.

  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet away from other people
     
  • Avoid all non-essential gatherings

    As of March 28, 2020, the Government of Ontario has issued an emergency order prohibiting organized public events and social gatherings of more than ten people. This has been extended to June 9, 2020. There are exceptions for households with more than ten people, for attending at permitted business activities, and for weddings, funerals, and religious services in some cases.

  • Stay home except for essential trips (e.g. grocery store, pharmacy, work)

    On essential trips:

        • Wash or sanitize your hands when entering and exiting buildings
        • Avoid long line-ups or stay 6 feet away from the person in front of you
        • Pay with tap rather than handling money or touching debit machines
        • Avoid public transit if possible; if not possible, stay 6 feet away from others as much as possible and wash or sanitize your hands before and after riding

  • Work from home, if possible

    If not possible, consider conducting virtual meetings online and spacing yourself and other employees at least 6 feet apart.


Some people should self-isolate.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms (fever, new cough or difficulty breathing) should self-isolate at home and avoid contact with other people for 14 days following the start of symptoms. After 14 days, self-isolation may end so long as there is no fever and symptoms are improving.

People who are self-isolating should seek clinical assessment over the phone - either through Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) or by calling their primary care provider's office. If you need additional assessment, your primary care provider or Telehealth will direct you to in-person care options.

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Some people must quarantine.

Quarantine for 14 days if:

    • You have returned from travelling abroad (i.e. anywhere outside Canada), whether or not you have any COVID-19-like symptoms. This is required by the Government of Canada, through an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act, and individuals who violate this order may be subject to fines or time in prison. Get more information about this mandatory quarantine here.

    • You have been exposed to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case and you don’t have COVID-19-like symptoms.