Information current

May 13, 2021

Keep yourself and others safe: practise the Safe 6 and wear a mask. For medical questions or if you feel ill phone 811 or launch the COVID-19 self-assessment tool.

Information on self-isolation

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

Public health measures will stay in place while we roll out vaccines.

If you've received immunization in Yukon or outside the territory, you must continue to follow public health measures as instructed, including travel-related self-isolation requirements.

Changes to self-isolation effective May 25, 2021 

People entering Yukon will not have to self-isolate if:

  • they're fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by Health Canada: and
  • they can confirm their vaccination status.

We'll post more information in the coming weeks.

 

Who has to self-isolate and who does not

Every person entering Yukon has to self-isolate.

When does your self-isolation start?

You'll have to self-isolate for 14 days if you enter Yukon from outside of the territory.

Yukon residents and family members can isolate where the Yukon resident lives. Anyone that is not a Yukon resident, and who is required to self-isolate, must do so in Whitehorse. 

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 

These are the only exceptions to the 14-day self-isolation requirement:

  • You’re a critical service worker who has left Yukon to complete your duties and you are required immediately at your place of work. You may perform your duties but you must self-isolate when you are not working.
  • You’re a resident of Yukon or the BC-Yukon border areas including Atlin, Lower Post, Fireside, Jade City, Good Hope Lake, Fraser or Pleasant Camp, and you haven't been outside Yukon or the BC-Yukon border area in the 14 days before arriving in Yukon. 

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.

CMOH recommendation for self-isolation after travel as of April 21, 2021

Every person entering Yukon has to self-isolate for 14-days. 

Given the rise in COVID-19 variants, and the ease with which they spread, the Chief Medical Officer of Health is now recommending people returning from travel to Yukon follow 1 of these 2 options for self-isolation.

The CMOH is continually reviewing the COVID-19 situation in Yukon and the rest of Canada. The CMOH may update this recommendation further, as the situation with variants changes, and as Yukon’s vaccination rate continues to increase.

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.

Option 1) Self-isolating after travelling alone or with others

You can self-isolate alone or with only your travel companions in a place that is not shared with any others.

  • The place where you self-isolate should be completely separate from anyone who has not travelled outside Yukon.
  • You can stay in:
    • your own home alone;
    • a legal suite;
    • a vacation home or Airbnb;
    • a recreational vehicle (RV) on private property; or
    • a hotel.
  • If you choose this option, you do not need to stay physically distant from your travel companions.
  • Do not have visitors.
  • Do not go to anywhere you may infect others.
  • You can go outside for fresh air. If you go outside, do not have contact with anyone outside of your travel companions.

Option 2) Self-isolating in a shared household setting after travel

Option 2 is for travellers who choose to self-isolate in a shared household setting, with others who have not travelled outside Yukon. Under this option, everyone in the shared household should self-isolate. An example of a shared household setting is a house with a shared bathroom or kitchen.

If you choose this option, you must follow the CMOH’s previous requirements for how to self-isolate in a shared household setting. The key difference between this new CMOH recommendation and the previous CMOH direction is that everyone in the household must self-isolate for 14 days – not just the traveller. The requirements you must continue to follow if you choose this option include:

  • You, and any other returning travellers, must maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres from anyone in the household who has not travelled.
  • You must have a separate bedroom from the people you are staying with who have not travelled outside Yukon.
  • You must increase your household cleaning practices. See the tab below on "How to self-isolate" for more information on cleaning practices.
  • No one in your household can have visitors.
  • No one in your household can go anywhere they may infect others.
  • You can go outside for fresh air. If you go outside, do not have contact with anyone that is not in your self-isolating group.

If you have questions about this recommendation, or how to self-isolate safely, email covid19info@yukon.ca.

CMOH recommendation for self-isolation after travel before April 21, 2021

The information below will help you self-isolate safely. You should follow it if you are self-isolating for any reason.

If you have travelled outside Yukon or have a visitor from outside Yukon, you can choose to follow the CMOH recommendations as of April 21, 2021, in light of variants threat listed above. These are stricter than the current laws for self-isolation, but will help contain the spread of variants in Yukon

If you choose to not follow this recommendation, and are entering Yukon, you must still complete your mandatory 14-day self-isolation and follow these guidelines:

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 others and are required to self-isolate, 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.

If you’re planning to travel for any reason, make sure you have a self-isolation plan in place for when you return to Yukon.

The self-isolation facility is not available to Yukoners who travel for recreation, entertainment or tourism.

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@yukon.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 have questions or need support, contact us.

Self-Isolation Facility Assistance (SIFA)

You can phone SIFA if you need advice on how to self-isolate in your home. The SIFA team also reviews and approves requests to self-isolate at the facility in Whitehorse. The facility is for emergency use only.

Phone: 867-332-4587.

The SIFA teams answers this phone Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The team does not answer this phone on holidays or weekends.

Outside of these hours, you can leave messages on the SIFA phone. These will be returned  on the following business day.

COVID-19 InfoLine

If you are phoning outside the SIFA’s phone hours or have more general questions about self-isolation, contact the COVID-19 InfoLine. This is available between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., 7 days a week.

Phone: 1-877-374-0425 (toll-free)

Email: covid19info@yukon.ca

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.

Every person entering Yukon has to self-isolate.

When does your self-isolation start?

You'll have to self-isolate for 14 days if you enter Yukon from outside of the territory.

Yukon residents and family members can isolate where the Yukon resident lives. Anyone that is not a Yukon resident, and who is required to self-isolate, must do so in Whitehorse. 

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 

These are the only exceptions to the 14-day self-isolation requirement:

  • You’re a critical service worker who has left Yukon to complete your duties and you are required immediately at your place of work. You may perform your duties but you must self-isolate when you are not working.
  • You’re a resident of Yukon or the BC-Yukon border areas including Atlin, Lower Post, Fireside, Jade City, Good Hope Lake, Fraser or Pleasant Camp, and you haven't been outside Yukon or the BC-Yukon border area in the 14 days before arriving in Yukon. 

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.

Every person entering Yukon has to self-isolate for 14-days. 

Given the rise in COVID-19 variants, and the ease with which they spread, the Chief Medical Officer of Health is now recommending people returning from travel to Yukon follow 1 of these 2 options for self-isolation.

The CMOH is continually reviewing the COVID-19 situation in Yukon and the rest of Canada. The CMOH may update this recommendation further, as the situation with variants changes, and as Yukon’s vaccination rate continues to increase.

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.

Option 1) Self-isolating after travelling alone or with others

You can self-isolate alone or with only your travel companions in a place that is not shared with any others.

  • The place where you self-isolate should be completely separate from anyone who has not travelled outside Yukon.
  • You can stay in:
    • your own home alone;
    • a legal suite;
    • a vacation home or Airbnb;
    • a recreational vehicle (RV) on private property; or
    • a hotel.
  • If you choose this option, you do not need to stay physically distant from your travel companions.
  • Do not have visitors.
  • Do not go to anywhere you may infect others.
  • You can go outside for fresh air. If you go outside, do not have contact with anyone outside of your travel companions.

Option 2) Self-isolating in a shared household setting after travel

Option 2 is for travellers who choose to self-isolate in a shared household setting, with others who have not travelled outside Yukon. Under this option, everyone in the shared household should self-isolate. An example of a shared household setting is a house with a shared bathroom or kitchen.

If you choose this option, you must follow the CMOH’s previous requirements for how to self-isolate in a shared household setting. The key difference between this new CMOH recommendation and the previous CMOH direction is that everyone in the household must self-isolate for 14 days – not just the traveller. The requirements you must continue to follow if you choose this option include:

  • You, and any other returning travellers, must maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres from anyone in the household who has not travelled.
  • You must have a separate bedroom from the people you are staying with who have not travelled outside Yukon.
  • You must increase your household cleaning practices. See the tab below on "How to self-isolate" for more information on cleaning practices.
  • No one in your household can have visitors.
  • No one in your household can go anywhere they may infect others.
  • You can go outside for fresh air. If you go outside, do not have contact with anyone that is not in your self-isolating group.

If you have questions about this recommendation, or how to self-isolate safely, email covid19info@yukon.ca.

The information below will help you self-isolate safely. You should follow it if you are self-isolating for any reason.

If you have travelled outside Yukon or have a visitor from outside Yukon, you can choose to follow the CMOH recommendations as of April 21, 2021, in light of variants threat listed above. These are stricter than the current laws for self-isolation, but will help contain the spread of variants in Yukon

If you choose to not follow this recommendation, and are entering Yukon, you must still complete your mandatory 14-day self-isolation and follow these guidelines:

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 others and are required to self-isolate, 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.

If you’re planning to travel for any reason, make sure you have a self-isolation plan in place for when you return to Yukon.

The self-isolation facility is not available to Yukoners who travel for recreation, entertainment or tourism.

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@yukon.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 have questions or need support, contact us.

Self-Isolation Facility Assistance (SIFA)

You can phone SIFA if you need advice on how to self-isolate in your home. The SIFA team also reviews and approves requests to self-isolate at the facility in Whitehorse. The facility is for emergency use only.

Phone: 867-332-4587.

The SIFA teams answers this phone Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The team does not answer this phone on holidays or weekends.

Outside of these hours, you can leave messages on the SIFA phone. These will be returned  on the following business day.

COVID-19 InfoLine

If you are phoning outside the SIFA’s phone hours or have more general questions about self-isolation, contact the COVID-19 InfoLine. This is available between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., 7 days a week.

Phone: 1-877-374-0425 (toll-free)

Email: covid19info@yukon.ca

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.