Who needs to self-isolate?

  • Individuals advised by Public Health, a health-care provider or a peace officer, including confirmed cases of COVID-19, MUST self-isolate.
  • Individuals who have TWO OR MORE of the following symptoms MUST self-isolate until they have a negative COVID-19 test result
  • Individuals who have travelled outside of New Brunswick in the past 14 days and who are not exempt from self-isolation MUST self-isolate for 14 days from the time of arrival in the province.
  • Household members of individuals who are self-isolating MUST self-isolate if they are unable to limit direct contact with the individual who is self-isolating. For example, a parent caring for a young child.

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.


Individuals travelling or returning to New Brunswick for work purposes

Testing and Isolation Requirements after Travel 

As outlined in the mandatory order, a person who traveled outside the province OR into New Brunswick must:

Individuals traveling to New Brunswick for work purposes:

  • A non-resident of New Brunswick who is coming to work in the province must complete 14-day work isolation*.

*Work isolation should be discussed and planned prior to travel between the employer and employee. The individual(s) must:

  • travel directly to and from destination without making any additional stops
  • wear a mask in indoor public spaces 
  • wear a mask in outdoor public spaces, even if you are able to maintain physical distancing
  • limit contacts to a single- household bubble while at home, no visitors in their home\
  • being vigilant in self-monitoring for symptoms and getting tested and self-isolating as soon as possible should symptoms develop; 
  • avoid visiting those most vulnerable to COVID-19, including those in nursing homes and other adult residential facilities;
  • wash hands or use sanitizer frequently;
  • maintain a two-meter distance from others;
  • avoid gatherings and social events;
  • may travel to work and school and directly home.  While at work, must wear a mask at all times, no sharing of meeting space or lunch rooms.  2 m distancing at all times.  
  • if not living in your residence, staying in your place of accommodation (hotel, lodging, etc.) when not working and make arrangements to have food delivered.

Individuals returning to New Brunswick for work purposes:

  • New Brunswick resident who has traveled outside the province and is returning to a New Brunswick workplace must compete a 14-day work isolation. 

    The individual can be released from their 14-day isolation with one negative COVID-19 test on day 7 of their isolation. The must complete an additional COVID-19 test between days 10 and 12.

Individuals who do not complete all the tests required cannot continue to be exempt and must complete any remaining self-isolation days to a total of 14 days. This does not apply to truckers or daily commuters.

  • New Brunswick resident who has traveled outside the province for work purposes must compete a 14-day work isolation. 

    The individual can be released from their 14-day isolation with one negative COVID-19 test on day 7 of their isolation. The must complete an additional COVID-19 test between days 10 and 12.

Individuals who do not complete all the tests required cannot continue to be exempt and must complete any remaining self-isolation days to a total of 14 days. This does not apply to truckers or daily commuters.

Testing must be scheduled using the online self-referral tool and will be completed at an assessment centre nearest the individual.

A 14-day self-isolation upon entering or returning to the province is still required for unnecessary travel such as a vacation, visiting family or moving to New Brunswick.

Travellers entering New Brunswick must have a confirmation from the New Brunswick Travel Registration Program. Additional information for international and interprovincial travellers can be found here.
 

Individuals traveling outside of New Brunswick for medical purposes:


Testing and Isolation Requirements after Travel

As outlined in the mandatory order, a person who has traveled outside the province to seek medical care must complete a 14-day work isolation* when returning to New Brunswick:   

  • This also applies to any one caregiver who has accompanied the person receiving medical care out of province.
  • The individual(s) can be released from their 14-day isolation with one negative COVID-19 test on day 7 of their isolation. They must complete an additional COVID-19 test between days 10 and 12.
  • Testing must be scheduled using the online self-referral tool and will be completed at an assessment centre nearest the individual.

*Work isolation should be planned prior to travel. The individual(s) must:

  • travel directly to and from medical appointment outside the province without making any additional stops
  • wear a mask in indoor public spaces 
  • wear a mask in outdoor public spaces, even if you are able to maintain physical distancing
  • limit contacts to a single- household bubble, no visitors in their home or outside of the home with people outside your household bubble
  • being vigilant in self-monitoring for symptoms and getting tested and self-isolating as soon as possible should symptoms develop; 
  • wash hands or use sanitizer frequently;
  • maintain a two-meter distance from others;
  • avoid gatherings and social events;
  • may travel to work and school and directly home.  While at work, must wear a mask at all times, no sharing of meeting space or lunch rooms.  2 m distancing at all times.  
  • if not living in your residence, staying in your place of accommodation (hotel, lodging, etc.) when not working and make arrangements to have food delivered.

The individual can be released from their 14-day work isolation with one negative COVID-19 test on day 7 of their isolation. The must complete an additional COVID-19 test between days 10 and 12.

 

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.