Requirements for Isolation
Isolation helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of people you could infect if you have symptoms or test positive by staying home and avoiding others. Effective January 3, Albertans are legally required to isolate as outlined below:
- Fully vaccinated (2 doses or 1 dose Janssen): Isolate for 5 days from the start of symptoms or until they resolve, whichever is longer, if symptoms are not related to a pre-existing condition. For 5 days following isolation, wear a mask at all times when around others outside of home.
- Not fully vaccinated (1 dose or less): Isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms or until they resolve, whichever is longer, if symptoms are not related to a pre-existing condition.
- If you test negative and have symptoms, you should still stay home and away from others until symptoms resolve.
Quarantine limits potential spread from people who have been exposed to COVID-19 but have not yet developed symptoms or tested positive.
- Close contacts of positive cases are no longer required to quarantine for 14 days.
- Federal border measures still apply for all international travellers entering Canada.
Why we need to isolate or quarantine
COVID-19 can take up to 14 days to cause symptoms. Some people who get it only have minor symptoms or don't have any symptoms at all but could still be infectious. By staying home, it lowers the chance of spreading the virus to others.
When to isolate
- You tested positive for COVID-19, or
- You are sick with a core symptom: fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, sore throat* or runny nose*.
*Children under 18 with just one of either a runny nose or sore throat are not legally required to isolate but should stay home until well.
When to quarantine
- Close contacts of positive cases are not required to quarantine, but should:
- International travellers must comply with federal travel requirements.