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Self-isolation requirements

Self-isolation program

Students required to self-isolate should participate in the self-isolation program. This program will provide support and programming to assist you in planning for and during your self-isolation period.

Self-isolation requirements

During your 14-day self-isolation period, you must remain quarantined. Ensure you:

  • Follow the Federal and Provincial Government requirements for self-isolation
  • Make arrangements for appropriate accommodations during self-isolation
  • Go directly to your place of self-isolation, without delay. Use a taxi or private transportation, if possible. Avoid public transportation.
  • Wear an appropriate mask or facial covering while travelling and in transit.
  • Remain in your place of quarantine for a minimum of 14 days and do not leave, unless it is to seek medical attention. If you develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to another person who has signs of symptoms:
    • Isolate yourself from others
    • Immediately call 8-1-1 to talk to a nurse at HealthLinkBC and get advice about how you are feeling and what to do next or contact the public health authority and describe your symptoms and travel history. Follow their instructions carefully.
    • Extend your self-isolation to 14 days following the appearance of symptoms
  • Arrange for the necessities of life (e.g. food, medications, cleaning supplies) to be delivered to your place of self-isolation.
  • Do not self-isolate in a place where you will have contact with vulnerable individuals, including those who have an underlying medical condition, compromised immune systems, or who are 65 years of age or older.
  • Do not have visitors and limit contact with others in the place of self-isolation, including children and those who have not travelled nor been exposed to the virus.
  • Do not go to school, work or any other public areas.

The federal government will continue to use its authority under the Quarantine Act to ensure compliance with the order to self-isolate, enforceable by RCMP or local police.

Maximum penalties for breaking self-isolation orders include a fine of up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months

In the event that a student has been found non-compliant within the 14-day mandatory quarantine period, the Designated Institution Contact for COVID-19 will notify local and provincial public health authorities.

Service BC will conduct compliance and wellness checks to ensure travellers can effectively maintain their 14-day self-isolation.

For further information, please review the BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) website on how to self-isolate and check the following handouts:

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