Self-Isolation Exemptions for Essential Workers

All individuals entering PEI are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. However, PEI essential workers who travel off-Island for work may be exempt from self-isolation.

What is an Essential worker?

Essential workers are those whose work, if interrupted would endanger the life, health or personal safety of the whole or part of the population. Essential workers include but are not limited to construction workers, healthcare workers, those employed in the transportation of goods and services, workers in the energy sector, fisheries, agriculture, etc.

Essential workers who travel for work but are residents of PEI can be divided into 2 groups:

  1. Essential workers travelling frequently off Island for work within Canada and the U.S. and are home in PEI for less than 14 days 
  2. Essential workers travelling off Island for work within Canada and the US and home in PEI for more than 14 days. 

Group 1

PEI residents who are essential workers and travel out of province frequently (home less than 14 days between work periods) can be tested weekly (no more than every 7 days) for COVID-19. The first time you are tested you will be required to self-isolate while waiting for your test results (approximately 48 hours).  If the test is negative you no longer have to self-isolate when at home. You will be required to be tested again if you are still in the province at day 7. This exemption depends on being tested weekly/when you re-enter the province (if away longer than a week). 

Group 2

PEI residents who are essential workers and travel out of province for work but are home more than 14 days between work periods can be tested on arrival and self-isolate until results are back from the first test. If the test is negative they can come off self-isolation. They should also be tested 7 days later. This testing process should be followed upon each entry into the province.  

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.

This does not pertain to LTC staff; they must isolate for 14 days.

Where can I be tested?

Essential workers can be tested by calling 1-855-354-4358 and choose option 2, tell them you are an essential worker 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 by public health nursing.

What if the test result is Negative?

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 should self-isolate and you will be contacted by Public Health Nursing and advised on next steps.

This exemption only applies to PEI residents who travel out of province for their essential work and return home between work periods.


Published date: 
June 3, 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