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November 30, 2020

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Read our self-isolation rules for everyone entering Yukon.

Information on self-isolation

Every person entering Yukon has to self-isolate. You'll have to self-isolate for 14 days in Whitehorse and complete a declaration if you enter Yukon from outside of the territory. 

Yukon residents and family members can isolate where the Yukon resident lives.

What information must you provide at the border?

You must:

  • show valid government issued identification;
  • provide a self-isolation plan;
  • fill out a declaration form; and
  • confirm you do not have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19

Exemptions 

You do not have to self-isolate when you arrive in Yukon if you're a:

  • critical service worker who has left Yukon in the course of carrying out your duties; or
  • resident of Yukon border areas including Atlin, Lower Post, Fireside, Jade City, Good Hope Lake, Fraser or Pleasant Camp.

What information must you provide at the border?

Upon arriving in Yukon, people who are exempt from self-isolation must:

  • provide valid proof that they are not required to self-isolate;
  • show valid government issued identification;
  • fill out a declaration form; and
  • confirm that they do not have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

If you're arriving in Yukon from outside of Canada

You have to follow federal rules for self-isolation. These rules are different from Yukon rules. Find out what the federal quarantine laws are.

Watch for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild.

Stay home

Do not go to any place where you could infect others, such as:

  • a social gathering;
  • work;
  • a school;
  • a day care;
  • a health care facility;
  • a grocery store; and
  • any other public gathering or place.

Going outside

  • You may go outdoors for fresh air when you're by yourself or with others you're in self-isolation with.
  • Do not have face-to-face contact (within 2 metres or 6 feet) with anyone while outdoors.

Do not have visitors

Do not have visitors in your home. Your friends, family or delivery drivers can drop off food or other things you may need outside your door.

Do not have any contact with older adults and other people who have chronic medical conditions, such as:

  • immune deficiencies;
  • lung problems;
  • heart disease; and
  • diabetes.

If you share a household space

If you share a household with people who have not travelled outside Yukon, you have 2 self-isolation options. You must commit to option 1 or option 2 and diligently follow the rules for your chosen option.

Self-isolation option 1

Choose option 1 if:

  • the other members of your household are committed to self-isolate with you; or
  • you're hosting people from outside of Yukon.

Every member of your household, including guests, must follow the self-isolation rules:

  • stay home;
  • only go outside alone or with people you're self-isolating with; and
  • do not have visitors.

You may share meals, household items and hugs with people who you're self-isolating with.

If your guest leaves before 14 days

After your guest leaves, everyone in your household will need to:

  • self-isolate for 3 days following your guest's departure; and
  • self-monitor for symptoms.

You should check-in with your guest after they've left to find out if they're experiencing symptoms. If everyone in your household and your departed guest do not have symptoms after 3 days, your household is free to leave your self-isolation.

Self-isolation option 2

Choose option 2 if the other members of your household want to continue going to:

  • work;
  • school;
  • health care facilities;
  • grocery stores; and
  • other public places.

What you have to do

  • You must stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other household members who are not self-isolating.
  • Use a separate bathroom if possible. If this is not possible, bathrooms must be cleaned daily.
  • Do not share household items.
  • Do not share the following with people in your home:
    • drinking glasses;
    • cups;
    • eating utensils;
    • pillows; or
    • other items.
  • Do not eat meals with others in your household.
  • After using household items, you should clean them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow.
  • Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
  • Immediately throw used tissues into the garbage and wash your hands.
  • You and other household members should wash your hands frequently.
  • Wash your hands after using the bathroom and before eating.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If water and soap are not available to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Be careful when touching garbage.
  • Put all waste into regular garbage bins.
  • When you empty the garbage, take care to not touch used tissues with your hands.
  • Line the garbage with a plastic bag to make waste disposal easier and safer.
  • Clean your hands with soap and water after emptying the garbage.
  • Clean your home with regular household cleaners.
  • Clean on a daily basis regularly touched items, such as:
    • toilets;
    • sink taps;
    • handles;
    • door knobs;
    • light switches;
    • cellphones; and
    • bedside tables.

Supplies for self-isolating

The Public Health Agency of Canada has a list of supplies to get when self-isolating. Some of these supplies may not be readily available, such as masks, gloves, Tylenol, thermometers and hand sanitizer. We encourage you to buy only what you need to help us solve this problem.

Stock your home with the essential supplies you’ll need if you have to self-isolate for 14 days. You do not need to stockpile large quantities of toilet paper or any other supplies in excess of the amount. Stockpiling creates supply issues for everyone.

For Yukon residents and their relatives, self-isolation can take place in all communities. After arriving in Whitehorse, they're allowed to travel to their home community to safely self-isolate:

  • at home; or
  • another facility that's capable of meeting the requirements.

Anyone that is not a Yukon resident, and who is required to self-isolate, must do so in Whitehorse. There are limited exceptions included in the Civil Emergency Measures Health Protection (COVID-19) Order.

You are responsible for covering the cost of your self-isolation accommodation, with limited exceptions. You cannot self-isolate at a Government of Yukon campground, but you can self-isolate in a hotel or similar accommodation. Email us and we can help you to figure out your self-isolation plan: covid19info@gov.yk.ca.

Get information on current border and travel restrictions. 

Even if you tested negative for COVID-19 before or upon arriving in Yukon, you still have to self-isolate for 14 days when you arrive in Yukon.

Find out what the symptoms of COVID-19 are. If you develop symptoms:

Follow the advice you’re given by Yukon Communicable Disease Control or other health care professionals.

If you do not have a place where you can safely self-isolate or if you need support, contact us. This could mean support with picking up medication or groceries, or getting mental wellness or substance use care.

Email: covid19info@gov.yk.ca

Phone:

  • Emergency Support Services at 867-332-4587. This is available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you need help outside of these hours, the voicemail message provides further directions.
  • Toll-free InfoLine at 1-877-374-0425. This is available between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. 7 days a week.

Some jurisdictions use the word “quarantine”, while others use “self-isolation”. The words are different, but what you need to do is the same. In Yukon, we use the word “self-isolation”.

In self-isolation: waiting or incubation period

When you have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 and you're self-isolating, you're in a “waiting” or “incubation” period. This means:

  • during this period you need to self-isolate;
  • this is often when you may develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19; and
  • self-isolation is always for 14 days.

You’re a contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19

You have to self-isolate for 14 days from the last time you were in contact with that person. If you develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 infection:

  • phone 811; or
  • contact your health care provider.

Use our COVID-19 self-assessment tool.

You were tested for COVID-19

 You have to self-isolate if you’re waiting for:

  • test results; or
  • a follow up with your health care provider.

Can the length of your self-isolation time change?

Your self-isolation period may be fewer or more than 14 days if you're showing signs or symptoms of illness. The amount of time will depend on your condition. Your health care provider will determine how long your self-isolation period should last.

If a COVID-19 outbreak occurs In Yukon, we can change or revoke self-isolation measures.

 

Who has to self-isolate and who does not

Every person entering Yukon has to self-isolate. You'll have to self-isolate for 14 days in Whitehorse and complete a declaration if you enter Yukon from outside of the territory. 

Yukon residents and family members can isolate where the Yukon resident lives.

What information must you provide at the border?

You must:

  • show valid government issued identification;
  • provide a self-isolation plan;
  • fill out a declaration form; and
  • confirm you do not have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19

Exemptions 

You do not have to self-isolate when you arrive in Yukon if you're a:

  • critical service worker who has left Yukon in the course of carrying out your duties; or
  • resident of Yukon border areas including Atlin, Lower Post, Fireside, Jade City, Good Hope Lake, Fraser or Pleasant Camp.

What information must you provide at the border?

Upon arriving in Yukon, people who are exempt from self-isolation must:

  • provide valid proof that they are not required to self-isolate;
  • show valid government issued identification;
  • fill out a declaration form; and
  • confirm that they do not have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

If you're arriving in Yukon from outside of Canada

You have to follow federal rules for self-isolation. These rules are different from Yukon rules. Find out what the federal quarantine laws are.

How to self-isolate (for yourself or with guests)

Watch for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild.

Stay home

Do not go to any place where you could infect others, such as:

  • a social gathering;
  • work;
  • a school;
  • a day care;
  • a health care facility;
  • a grocery store; and
  • any other public gathering or place.

Going outside

  • You may go outdoors for fresh air when you're by yourself or with others you're in self-isolation with.
  • Do not have face-to-face contact (within 2 metres or 6 feet) with anyone while outdoors.

Do not have visitors

Do not have visitors in your home. Your friends, family or delivery drivers can drop off food or other things you may need outside your door.

Do not have any contact with older adults and other people who have chronic medical conditions, such as:

  • immune deficiencies;
  • lung problems;
  • heart disease; and
  • diabetes.

If you share a household space

If you share a household with people who have not travelled outside Yukon, you have 2 self-isolation options. You must commit to option 1 or option 2 and diligently follow the rules for your chosen option.

Self-isolation option 1

Choose option 1 if:

  • the other members of your household are committed to self-isolate with you; or
  • you're hosting people from outside of Yukon.

Every member of your household, including guests, must follow the self-isolation rules:

  • stay home;
  • only go outside alone or with people you're self-isolating with; and
  • do not have visitors.

You may share meals, household items and hugs with people who you're self-isolating with.

If your guest leaves before 14 days

After your guest leaves, everyone in your household will need to:

  • self-isolate for 3 days following your guest's departure; and
  • self-monitor for symptoms.

You should check-in with your guest after they've left to find out if they're experiencing symptoms. If everyone in your household and your departed guest do not have symptoms after 3 days, your household is free to leave your self-isolation.

Self-isolation option 2

Choose option 2 if the other members of your household want to continue going to:

  • work;
  • school;
  • health care facilities;
  • grocery stores; and
  • other public places.

What you have to do

  • You must stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other household members who are not self-isolating.
  • Use a separate bathroom if possible. If this is not possible, bathrooms must be cleaned daily.
  • Do not share household items.
  • Do not share the following with people in your home:
    • drinking glasses;
    • cups;
    • eating utensils;
    • pillows; or
    • other items.
  • Do not eat meals with others in your household.
  • After using household items, you should clean them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow.
  • Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
  • Immediately throw used tissues into the garbage and wash your hands.
  • You and other household members should wash your hands frequently.
  • Wash your hands after using the bathroom and before eating.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If water and soap are not available to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Be careful when touching garbage.
  • Put all waste into regular garbage bins.
  • When you empty the garbage, take care to not touch used tissues with your hands.
  • Line the garbage with a plastic bag to make waste disposal easier and safer.
  • Clean your hands with soap and water after emptying the garbage.
  • Clean your home with regular household cleaners.
  • Clean on a daily basis regularly touched items, such as:
    • toilets;
    • sink taps;
    • handles;
    • door knobs;
    • light switches;
    • cellphones; and
    • bedside tables.

Supplies for self-isolating

The Public Health Agency of Canada has a list of supplies to get when self-isolating. Some of these supplies may not be readily available, such as masks, gloves, Tylenol, thermometers and hand sanitizer. We encourage you to buy only what you need to help us solve this problem.

Stock your home with the essential supplies you’ll need if you have to self-isolate for 14 days. You do not need to stockpile large quantities of toilet paper or any other supplies in excess of the amount. Stockpiling creates supply issues for everyone.

Where can Yukoners and their relatives self-isolate?

For Yukon residents and their relatives, self-isolation can take place in all communities. After arriving in Whitehorse, they're allowed to travel to their home community to safely self-isolate:

  • at home; or
  • another facility that's capable of meeting the requirements.
Where can non-Yukoners self-isolate?

Anyone that is not a Yukon resident, and who is required to self-isolate, must do so in Whitehorse. There are limited exceptions included in the Civil Emergency Measures Health Protection (COVID-19) Order.

You are responsible for covering the cost of your self-isolation accommodation, with limited exceptions. You cannot self-isolate at a Government of Yukon campground, but you can self-isolate in a hotel or similar accommodation. Email us and we can help you to figure out your self-isolation plan: covid19info@gov.yk.ca.

Get information on current border and travel restrictions. 

What if you tested negative for COVID-19 before arriving in Yukon?

Even if you tested negative for COVID-19 before or upon arriving in Yukon, you still have to self-isolate for 14 days when you arrive in Yukon.

What to do if you develop symptoms

Find out what the symptoms of COVID-19 are. If you develop symptoms:

Follow the advice you’re given by Yukon Communicable Disease Control or other health care professionals.

Questions or need support with self-isolation?

If you do not have a place where you can safely self-isolate or if you need support, contact us. This could mean support with picking up medication or groceries, or getting mental wellness or substance use care.

Email: covid19info@gov.yk.ca

Phone:

  • Emergency Support Services at 867-332-4587. This is available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you need help outside of these hours, the voicemail message provides further directions.
  • Toll-free InfoLine at 1-877-374-0425. This is available between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. 7 days a week.
In self-isolation, a COVID-19 contact, or waiting for test results

Some jurisdictions use the word “quarantine”, while others use “self-isolation”. The words are different, but what you need to do is the same. In Yukon, we use the word “self-isolation”.

In self-isolation: waiting or incubation period

When you have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 and you're self-isolating, you're in a “waiting” or “incubation” period. This means:

  • during this period you need to self-isolate;
  • this is often when you may develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19; and
  • self-isolation is always for 14 days.

You’re a contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19

You have to self-isolate for 14 days from the last time you were in contact with that person. If you develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 infection:

  • phone 811; or
  • contact your health care provider.

Use our COVID-19 self-assessment tool.

You were tested for COVID-19

 You have to self-isolate if you’re waiting for:

  • test results; or
  • a follow up with your health care provider.

Can the length of your self-isolation time change?

Your self-isolation period may be fewer or more than 14 days if you're showing signs or symptoms of illness. The amount of time will depend on your condition. Your health care provider will determine how long your self-isolation period should last.