March break travelers must self-isolate for 14 days: Ottawa Public Health

Hordes of Canadians are returning home from their escapes to the sun and this will impact our efforts to flatten the curve. Ottawa Public Health says this hinges on travelers self-isolating for 14 days.        

Many are returning home to empty fridges and pantries, but Ottawa Public Health says the community cannot afford anyone making stops before starting self-isolation. Dr. Vera Etches says friends and family can deliver groceries, if they practice proper social distancing. Essentials can also be ordered through options like click and collect.          

How to self-isolate 

Ottawa Public Health has specific guides in place based on why you need to self-isolate. Here are a few things to know whether you, or your loved ones, are returning to the city.  

  • You must self-isolate for 14 days if you have been out of the country. During that time, self-monitor for symptoms like fever or a cough. 
  • You can still go outside for a walk, but you must keep your distance (six feet) from others. 
  • If you live with other people, you should stay in a separate room as far away from others as possible. You should also use a separate washroom.  
  • Staying home is the key to self-isolation. You cannot go to work, even if you work for an essential service, or use public transit. 
  • If a taxi or rideshare is your only option on the way home from the airport, keep the windows down.  

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