Information shared from Alberta Health Services.
Albertans with symptoms
You are legally required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days if you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition.
The mandatory isolation period is 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer.
Albertans with symptoms who test negative for COVID-19
If you have tested negative for COVID-19 and have no known exposure to the virus, you are not legally required to isolate. However, it is important to stay home until your symptoms resolve so that you do not infect others.
If you have tested negative for COVID-19 and have known exposure to the virus, you are still legally required to isolate.
Albertans who test positive for COVID-19
You are legally required to self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days if you have tested positive for COVID-19.
Self-isolation period is for 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer.
How to isolate
If you are in mandatory isolation:
- Stay home – do not leave your home or attend work, school, social events or any other public gatherings.
- Avoid close contact with people in your household, especially seniors and people with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
- You are prohibited from taking public transportation like buses, taxis or ride-sharing.
- Do not go outside for a walk through your neighbourhood or park. This includes children in mandatory isolation.
- You can get fresh air in your backyard, if you have one, but you must remain on private property not accessible by others.
- If you live in an apartment building or highrise, you must stay inside and cannot use the elevators or stairwells to go outside. If your balcony is private and at least 2 metres away from your closest neighbour’s, you may go outside on the balcony.
This directive is consistent with the new federal requirements under the Quarantine Act.