Self-Isolation (For Travelers Entering The NWT)

Last modified: 
01/04/2021 - 10:18

To protect you, your family, and community from COVID-19, the NWT has put in place laws that require everyone arriving in the NWT, with few exceptions, to self-isolate for 14 days in only Yellowknife, Inuvik, Hay River or Fort Smith.

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If you are an Essential Worker or are returning from outside of Canada

There are additional isolation requirements that you must comply with when arriving in the NWT:

You must self-isolate for 14 days:

  • are returning from travel within Canada, but outside of NWT.
  • Everyone in your household must also self-isolate with you unless you are able to stay in a separate location, or in a self-contained unit (i.e. basement suite) with:
    • A separate entrance
    • A separate bathroom
    • A separate kitchen facilities
    • A separate sleeping space

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

  • stay at home, designated isolation centre, or private suite and monitor yourself for symptoms, even just one mild symptom
    • If you don’t have symptoms you can go out for fresh air by yourself or other self-isolating household members while practicing physical distancing. This does not include boating, parks, camps, ski trails, etc.
    • If you must run an urgent errand by yourself (e.g. pick up medication), first try to contact a care group in your local area for support. If you have no other option, wear a non-medical mask to run the errand, while also practicing physical distancing.
  • avoid contact with other people to help prevent spread of the virus before the development of 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
  • you and other household members should follow healthy respiratory practices. This includes:

If you start to develop symptoms within 14 days of your self-isolation, you must:

Dealing with isolation

People who are self-isolating may feel fear, anger, sadness, irritability, guilt or confusion. There are several supports and resources to help you through this challenging time:

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