Self-Isolation for Essential Workers

Islanders who must cross borders for work as part of an essential service can reduce risk to themselves, their families and communities when they are home. The following guidelines are provided for essential workers who travel to or from PEI, health care providers and truckers who have travel outside of the province. You will also find basic guidance for temporary foreign workers.

As of June 2, 2020, any essential worker who travels to New Brunswick is required to self-isolate.

For Essential Workers who come to PEI to work

You are required to self-isolate for the duration of your stay in Prince Edward Island (if 14 days or less) other than when you are performing work duties. However, when you are not at work, follow these self-isolation guidelines:

  • return to and stay in hotel room or other accommodations
  • do not visit friends or family
  • (may) use delivery services
  • do not go to stores, banks, services that are open.
  • monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.

Report any symptoms to your employer. If symptoms develop while on PEI, call 811 and maintain strict self- isolation.

When you are at your work site, you must continue to:

  • maintain social distancing from co-workers 6 feet or 2 meters
  • perform hand hygiene and practice cough etiquette

Do not present to your work site if you are sick.

When you leave PEI to return home, follow the guidelines of your home province.

Guidelines for the essential worker household

Follow the guidelines of your home province.

For Essential Workers who leave PEI to work

You may travel to your work site off-island if you have no symptoms. When you return home to PEI, you must self-isolate for 14 days or until you have to return to work (if shorter). However, PEI residents who are essential workers and travel frequently off-Island for work (home for 14 days or less) can be tested weekly (no more than every 7 days) for COVID-19. Essential workers who are tested regularly for COVID-19 may be exempt from self-isolation.

You must monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, report them to your employer, call 811 and maintain strict self-isolation for 14 days.

When you are at work, follow the guidelines for that province or territory.

Guidelines for the essential worker household

The worker’s household does not have to self-isolate, provided that:

  • the worker does not have symptoms.
  • the worker is able to maintain isolation from the rest of the household*

If members of the household develop symptoms, call 811, and the household must maintain strict self-isolation.

Guidelines for the essential worker household

Follow the guidelines of your home province.

For Health Care Providers

The following guidelines are provided for health care workers who have travelled outside of the province, as follows:

International travel

If you are a health care worker and have returned to PEI from a trip outside of Canada on March 8thor later, you are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon your return. You must monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. If symptoms develop, call 811 and maintain strict self-isolation.

Domestic and inter-provincial travel

If you have returned to PEI from another province or territory within Canada, you must self-isolate for 14 days or for the duration of your stay in the province (if shorter than 14 days), other than when you are performing work duties. You must monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms, report them to your employer, call 811 and maintain strict self- isolation for 14 days.

Guidelines for the worker’s household

If members of your household travelled with you, they too must self-isolate for 14 days.

If members of your household did not travel with you, they must monitor for symptoms. If anyone in the household develops symptoms, call 811. The household, including the health care worker, must maintain strict self-isolation.

For Truckers

Current Situation

All individuals entering PEI are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. If unable to selfisolate away from others in the household, the entire household must also self-isolate for 14 days. However, truck drivers who will be tested regularly for COVID-19 may be exempt from self-isolation (see below).

Can I be tested for COVID-19 and not be required to self-isolate?

Truck drivers travelling off Island within Canada and the U.S. can be tested weekly for COVID-19.  If the test is negative you no longer have to self-isolate when at home. However, please monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and if symptoms should occur self-isolate and call 811 for testing.

Where can I be tested?

Truck drivers can be tested at the Confederation Bridge clinic in Borden. The clinic is open daily from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. If you arrive after clinic hours you can either;

  1. Go to the Borden Clinic in your private vehicle for testing during clinic hours. Please call ahead to the Borden clinic by calling  902-303-2673, OR
  2. Truck drivers can also be tested by calling 1-855-354-4358 and choose option 2, tell them you are a Truck driver and would like to be tested. You will be given an appointment time.

How will I get my test results?

You will receive a call with your result within 36 to 48 hours. The first time you are tested you will be required to self-isolate while waiting for your test results. If you are tested weekly (or when you enter the province if you are away longer than one week at a time) you will not have to self-isolate waiting for test results. Please minimize your contacts while waiting for your results and keep track of those you are in contact with in case your test is positive.

What if the test result is Negative?

You and your family will not be required to self-isolate. You should continue to monitor your health including any signs or symptoms of illness. If you become ill, please call 811 to be tested.

What if my test is Positive?

If you test positive you will be contacted by Public Health Nursing and advised on next steps.

The following personal protective measures also apply for truckers:

  • travel with essential supplies (food, water, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, etc) if possible to enable self-isolation during trip;
  • avoid all unnecessary public establishments or gatherings;
  • increase regularly scheduled cleaning with a disinfecting agent or antimicrobial disposable wipe inside each power unit and shared spaces;

A post trip inspection should include wiping down of all shared spaces with a disinfecting agent. Include steering wheel, dashboard, radio and/or telematics devices, door handles and gear shifts.

For Temporary Foreign Workers

Temporary foreign workers (TFW), including seasonal agricultural workers, fish-seafood workers, caregivers, etc., are exempt from travel restrictions because of their importance to the Canadian economy. This exemption applies to foreign nationals who have already committed to working, studying, or making Canada their home.

  • travel by TFW is considered essential travel for land border restrictions.
  • workers will face health screening before travel.
  • workers must isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Canada.

(Source: Government of Canada - March 20, 2020 announcement)

Published date: 
June 2, 2020
Health and Wellness

General Inquiries

Department of Health and Wellness
4th Floor North, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6414
Fax: 902-368-4121

DeptHW@gov.pe.ca