You are NOT required to provide a negative test result in order to return to work, school, child care or other activities after you have completed you isolation period.
A person can return to work, school or child care if:
- They have completed the recommended self-isolation period;
- Their symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours (or 48 hours for gastrointestinal symptoms); and
- They do not have a fever.
For individuals who have a 5 day isolation period, there is no requirement to repeat testing at the end of their isolation period. After day 5 and until day 10, they must wear a mask, avoid activities where mask removal is required (for example, dining out) and not visit high risk settings. However, if a person choses to re-test and is positive on day 5, they may still be infectious and it is recommended that they extend their isolation period to 10 days. If they have access to additional tests, the person may discontinue their extended self-isolation period prior to 10 days after one negative PCR or two negative RATs collected 24 hours apart. There is no requirement to continue self-isolation past 10 days, so long as they do not have a fever and symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours for gastrointestinal symptoms).
Those already completing a 10 day isolation period (e.g. not fully immunized or immunocompromised) are not required to extend their isolation past 10 days, so long as they do not have a fever and symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours for gastrointestinal symptoms).
It is important to maintain masking, physical distancing and adherence to all other public health measures if leaving home, following self-isolation.
After completing self-isolation, regularly follow these tips for cleaning and disinfecting (external link) to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in your home.