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Can my husband self isolate with me when he returns to Canada?

Last Updated Jul 22, 2020 at 11:45 am PDT

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Returnees to Canada don't have to self isolate in a separate home from their spouse, but it is recommended

Wear masks, ventilate bedroom, use separate bathrooms if in home with recent Canadian arrival

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Crystal: “I’m Canadian and my husband is American currently living in the US. If he has enough time off and can come here he will definitely quarantine/self-isolate for 14 days. Can he quarantine at my house or does he need to quarantine separately? I’m still working, so [I] wanted to be sure before we plan anything.”


Like everyone entering the country, Crystal’s husband will be required to self isolate for 14 days after he returns to Canada. He will have to present an isolation plan to Canadian officials showing he is able to do so.

If Crystal’s spouse isn’t a Candian citizen or permanent resident, he should still be allowed to enter the country thanks to an exemption to the border closure for immediate family of Canadian permanent residents and citizens.

He won’t be required to self isolate at a separate location from her, but it is recommended.

“It is better if those you live with can stay somewhere else, especially if they have a weak immune system or chronic health conditions,” the B.C. Centre for Disease Control advises.

If the couple does share a home during the two-week isolation, the BCCDC recommends sleeping in a well-ventilated room, using separate bathrooms, wearing masks while in the same room and avoiding face-to-face contact.

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