This guidance is for people who were in close contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected to have Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
If you are a health care worker or first responder, please refer to guidance from your employer.
To see the legal requirement that states that all people who have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19 must quarantine themselves, view the Public Health Emergency Quarantine Order.
Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.
You have been in close contact with someone who has or is suspected to have COVID-19 so it is important for you to stay home, separate yourself from others, and monitor your health. Please read these instructions carefully.
A “close contact” is any of the following people who were exposed to an “*infected person” while they were infectious:
*An infected person is anyone with COVID-19, or who is suspected to have COVID-19, and is considered to be infectious from 2 days before their symptoms first appeared until they are no longer required to be isolated (as described in Home Isolation Instructions for People with COVID-19). A person with a positive COVID-19 test but no symptoms is considered to be infectious from 2 days before their test was taken until 10 days after their test.
As a close contact to someone with COVID-19, it is recommended that you get tested.
To prevent you from unintentionally spreading COVID-19 to uninfected people, you must restrict activities and limit all movements that may put you in contact with others during the quarantine period.
Infants and children under the age of 2 should not wear cloth face coverings. Children between the ages of 2 and 8 should use them but under adult supervision to ensure that the child can breathe safely and avoid choking or suffocation. A mask or cloth face covering should not be placed on anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove it without assistance. See Guidance for Cloth Facing Coverings for more information.
You will need to stay in quarantine for 14 days from the date that you last had close contact with an infected person. See “Length of quarantine period” on page 1 for the definition of close contact and the examples below to learn how to calculate the last date in your quarantine period.