Practical instructions for quarantine and isolation

Quarantine means restriction of a healthy person's freedom of movement to prevent spreading of a disease from potential symptom-less carriers to others. Quarantine is based on article 60 of the Communicable Diseases Act.

Isolation means isolating an infected person from healthy persons. Isolation is based on article 63 of the Communicable Diseases Act.

Office-holders’ decisions on quarantine and isolation are compliant with the Communicable Diseases Act and complying with them is not voluntary. The duration of quarantine or isolation is decided on a case-specific basis.

What may I do and what may I not do during quarantine and isolation?

  • You may not interact with people outside your household.
  • You may not go to your workplace, school or day care. You can telework from home, as usual.
  • You may not use public transportation such as train, bus or airplane. There are taxis with protective plexiglass: when you are ordering a taxi, ask for this kind of taxi.
  • You may not move on public premises such as shopping malls or restaurants.
  • You may not transact in a store, pharmacy or office. When you need to acquire food or medicine, ask primarily your relatives and friends to help you. They are recommended to leave the shopping outside your door.
  • You may not invite guests, cleaning staff, etc., in your home during the quarantine and you may not visit others. This does not apply to home care or hospital home care, but you must inform them about the situation.
  • You may not visit a church, mosque or similar place.
  • You may go to exercise places, theater, movies or other hobby places.
  • You may not stay on a real estate company’s public premises and you may not use the real estate company’s sauna. Avoid using the elevator. When you have to use the elevator, make sure that you are alone in it.
  • In case of non-urgent matters, you may not transact at health care services or oral health care. You must postpone appointments you have already made. In case of an acute illness, go to the infection health center and inform its employees of your quarantine / isolation in advance.
  • Remember to observe good hand, coughing and blowing hygiene. Avoid touching surfaces that other people touch such as banisters and elevator buttons.
  • During the quarantine, you can exercise outdoors, but you must avoid other people. Keep a distance of at least 2 meters between yourself and others.

The family members of a person in quarantine are not themselves in quarantine unless they have been exposed to the COVID-19 case. In other words, they can move outside the home.

A negative test result will not exempt you from quarantine.