Self-Isolation Plan

Last modified: 
12/15/2020 - 11:23

A self-isolation plan is a legal commitment to self-isolate when you arrive in the NWT, and is enforceable under the territory’s COVID-19 public health orders.

With few exceptions, everyone arriving in the NWT must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival as that is how long it can take for symptoms of COVID-19 to show. Getting tested on arrival when people show no symptoms is not accurate as there may not be enough amounts of the virus in their bodies to give a positive result. This means that people may get a negative test, but still have the virus and pass it on to others during the first 14 days in the NWT.

As part of the self-isolation plan residents must consider:

  • Where and who they will be staying with for their 14 days of self-isolation:
    • With few exceptions, they must self-isolate in Fort Smith, Hay River, Inuvik or Yellowknife.
    • If their home is in the above communities, are they living with anyone who is at a higher risk for getting seriously sick from COVID-19?
  • How will they travel to their self-isolation location
  • Making arrangements for necessary supports during their self-isolation:
    • Food
    • Medications
    • Child Care
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Pet care
  • Social or family support

Essential workers have different self-isolation protocols. For more information see:

Completing your self-isolation plan

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