Rotational Workers

A rotational worker is a PEI resident who travels routinely outside of PEI and is on a set schedule. You are considered a rotational worker if you spend at least 50% of your time working outside of the province and 21 or fewer consecutive days in the province when not at work.

Who benefits from rotational workers?

All of PEI benefits from rotational workers. Isolation and testing policies for rotational workers allow workers to spend time with members of their households, while continuing to provide important services for Islanders.

Who is eligible to apply to the Chief Public Health Office (CPHO) to be a rotational worker in PEI?

You are eligible to apply as a rotational worker in PEI, if you:

  • Are a resident of PEI;
  • Spend at least 50% of your time working outside of PEI;
  • Spend 21 days or less in the province when not at work; and,
  • Travel within Canada, or travel outside of Canada, but you are told you do not have to isolate at the Canadian border and are exempted, as per the federal Quarantine Act.

PEI residents travelling from outside of Canada who are not exempted, as per the federal Quarantine Act, are not eligible. If you are told at the Canadian border that you must isolate for 14 days, you must self-isolate for 14 days, and will be tested at 0-1 and 9-11 days after arrival.

When do rotational workers who travel outside of PEI need to be tested?

Upon returning home to PEI all rotational workers are required to get tested at 0-1 days, 4-6 days, and 9-11 days (or for as long as you are still in the province). Testing frequency resets with each arrival: if you are arriving in PEI multiple times each week, you should be tested at least once every 7 days. If you do not get tested, you must remain in self-isolation for 14 days or for the duration of your stay in PEI (if less than 14 days).

Call 1-855-354-4358 in advance to book a testing appointment for your return. You can book all of your other testing appointments at the same time.  

Check your test results online. You will need your health card, date of birth, and the date you were tested to get your results.

I am a rotational worker, returning to PEI from within Canada. Do I need to self-isolate when I return home?

If you apply and are approved as a rotational worker, and seek testing on 0-1 days, 4-6 days, and 9-11 days (or for as long as you are still in the province) upon returning home, then you:

  • May interact with members of your household, unless you develop symptoms (see more information below);
  • Must limit your interactions with others outside of your household (see more information below); and,
  • Must go to a drop-in testing clinic immediately if you develop symptoms and isolate with everyone in the household until a negative test result is received.
Commercial truck drivers and other transport workers are subject to different restrictions 

I am a rotational worker who is being tested. What am I not allowed to do during my first 14 days in PEI?

In the first 14 days after you return home to PEI, you must not:

  • Go to public places. This includes, but is not limited to, schools, grocery stores, shopping malls, banks, places of worship, restaurants/bars, arenas, and gyms;
  • Visit or host people from outside of your household;
  • Volunteer in places that require you to be in contact with people from outside of your household (including volunteer fire departments, due to the potential requirement to isolate multiple firefighters from one community should you test positive for COVID-19); and,
  • Be within two metres or six feet of individuals outside of your household without wearing a mask (indoors or outdoors). Rotational workers are encouraged to have masks with them at all times, even outdoors.

I am a rotational worker who is being tested. What am I allowed to do during my first 14 days in PEI?

In the first 14 days after you return home to PEI, you may:

  • Spend time with household members on your own property (including cabins/vacation homes);
  • Attend necessary medical, dental, and healthcare-related appointments (e.g. physiotherapy);
  • Go for a walk, run, hike, or snowshoe for exercise and outdoor recreation off your property;
  • Visit a park, beach or other outdoor public space. The space should not be crowded, and if you encounter people from outside your household, you must wear a non-medical mask and maintain a distance of two metres or six feet;
  • Go for a drive. Drop off and pick up household members at school, work or recreational activities; and,
  • Pick up groceries or other items purchased online or by telephone and using a drive-thru (for example at a restaurant, bank or pharmacy).

I am a rotational worker who is being tested. Do other members of my household have to also limit their activities in the same way as me?

Other members of your household must follow standard public health precautions, including maintaining physical distancing, performing hand hygiene, wearing masks in indoor public spaces or where the potential of brief interaction within 2 m (6 ft) exists, and monitor closely for symptoms, and if symptoms develop, self-isolate and be tested. If you (rotational worker) develop covid-19 symptoms, the entire household needs to self-isolate until a negative test is received.

I am a domestic rotational worker (traveling within Canada) who is being tested. Am I allowed to work during my first 14 days in PEI?

Yes. Approved rotational workers are automatically eligible to work-isolate, unless you work in long term care or community care in which case you are not permitted to work-isolate during your first 14 days in PEI. As a rotational worker, in order to work during your first 14 days on PEI, you must:

  • Have obtained written permission from your employer;
  • Closely follow the testing schedule (0-1 days, 4-6, and 9-11 if still in the province);
  • Follow work-isolation protocols when in the workplace, including physical distancing, wearing a mask, and frequently washing/sanitizing your hands;
  • Follow all directions provided to rotational workers outside the workplace, as outlined above;
  • Be tested before you enter the workplace. You may report to work before receiving a negative test result following domestic (within Canada) travel, provided:
    • Your PEI employer has granted permission; 
    • You do not work in health care, meat packing plants, correctional facilities or schools/day cares;
    • You are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or feeling ill; and,
    • You follow all other measures including maintaining physical distancing and wearing a non-medical mask while in the workplace.

I am a rotational worker. I travel off PEI regularly based on my set schedule. Do I need to apply to the CPHO each time I travel?

No, you do not need to apply each time you travel, but you must submit an initial Worker Travel application, beginning October 2, 2020. On the Resident Worker Travel application, indicate that you are a rotational worker and outline your routine work and travel schedule. If approved, and once this is on file, you will not have to apply again, unless your schedule or work circumstances change.

I am a rotational worker, returning to PEI from outside of Canada. Do I need to self-isolate when I return home?

If you are told at the Canadian border that you must isolate for 14 days, you must self-isolate for 14 days in PEI and test at 0-1 and 9-11 days after arrival.

If you are told you do not have to isolate at the Canadian border and are exempted as per the federal Quarantine Act; when you return to PEI:

  • You must self-isolate and be tested at day 0-1. You must remain in self-isolation, away from other members of your household, until you receive a negative test result.
  • Once you receive a negative result, you may interact with members of your household. Maintaining physical distance from household members is not necessary unless you become sick. 
  • You must also be tested on days 4-6 and 9-11 (or for as long as you remain in the province) and follow the above measures outlined regarding what you are and are not permitted to do.
  • If you develop symptoms at any time, go to a drop-in testing clinic immediately and self-isolate with everyone in the household until a negative test result is received.
  • If testing is not done, you must self-isolate for 14 days.
  • You are also automatically eligible to work-isolate, unless you work in health care, meat packing plants, correctional facilities or schools/day cares in which case you are not eligible to work-isolate following international travel. As a rotational worker, in order to work during your first 14 days on PEI, you must:
    • Have obtained written permission from your employer;
    • Closely follow the testing schedule (0-1 days, 4-6, and 9-11 if still in the province);
    • Follow work-isolation protocols when in the workplace, including physical distancing, wearing a mask, and frequently washing/sanitizing your hands; and,
    • Follow all directions provided to rotational workers outside the workplace, as outlined above.

I recently traveled outside of Canada and thought I was exempt from self-isolation because I was approved as a rotational worker in PEI. After being home for 3 days I was told that I am on the quarantine list from Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and must isolate for 14 days. What do I do?

If CBSA requires that you isolate after arriving into Canada and PEI then you must self-isolate for 14 days. Federal government requirements over-rule PEI requirements. However, if you feel you should be exempt and want to have your quarantine requirement re-assessed, you can contact Canada Border Services Agency at: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/contact/bis-sif-eng.html.

Published date: 
December 22, 2020
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