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8 scenarios show how Mandatory Self-Isolation Laws (MSIL) work

These examples are scenarios to show how the updated Mandatory Self-Isolation Laws (MSIL) should be applied in different circumstances. 

Footsteps in the snow

Mark is a post-secondary student currently living in Gatineau with his family. He is fully vaccinated. His three children (under the age of 12) are not vaccinated. They are all travelling to Eeyou Istchee during a school break.

What to do:

Mark does not have to isolate. However, his children will have to isolate for 10 days. If they are staying with family during their visit, household family members who are fully vaccinated don’t have to isolate, but household family members who are not fully vaccinated will have to bubble up with Mark’s children who are required to isolate for 10 days. Mark can resume his normal activities, including going back to work, going to the grocery store, and other essential errands. His children can resume their normal activities (school, playing with friends outside their household) after they finish their isolation.

Green blades of grass against concrete wall

Marlene is a post-secondary student currently living in Ottawa with her family. She is fully vaccinated (2 doses) Her teenaged daughters are both fully vaccinated (2 doses). They are travelling to Eeyou Istchee to visit family.

What to do

Neither Marlene nor her daughters are required to isolate if they travel to Eeyou Istchee, even though they are travelling from an area of risk. They are required to wear a mask for 7 days (indoors and outdoors), limit social contacts, and get a screening test on Day 5

Highway near Waswanipi

George and his wife Valerie travel by car to Montreal for a series of medical appointments. Their children stayed at home in Eeyou Istchee with their auntie. George and Valerie are fully vaccinated (2 doses).

What to do

George and Valerie won’t need to isolate when they return home. They will need to wear a mask indoors and outdoors for 7 days, limit social contacts, and get a test on Day 5. Their children can continue to attend school or daycare even after their parents get home.

Back of head of male

Nigel travels by car to Montreal for medical appointments. He is partially vaccinated (1 dose). Everyone in his household is fully vaccinated (4 adults who live with him in Eeyou Istchee).

What to do

Nigel will need to isolate for 10 days when he returns to Eeyou Istchee from his medical appointments. He can isolate in his household by following required precautionary measures. Since the other members in his household are fully vaccinated, they won’t need to isolate with Nigel when he returns, and follow required precautionary measures.

2 hands crossed

Mary is a mother of two who recently travelled to Montreal, and is now back in Eeyou Istchee. She drove to Montreal and back. She’s received her two (2) doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in the past six months. While she was away in Montreal, her children stayed at home in Eeyou Istchee.

What to do

Mary drove to a region considered an area of risk. But because she is fully vaccinated, she doesn’t need to isolate when she returns to Eeyou Istchee. Since her children didn’t travel with her, they don’t have to isolate when Mary comes home. Mary should get a voluntary screening test 5 days after coming home

2 geese

Thomas, Christina and their four (4) children drive to Lac St-Jean for a long weekend. Lac St-Jean/Saguenay isn’t currently considered an area of risk. Both parents are partially vaccinated (with 1 dose). But their children are all under 12, and are not yet vaccinated, because they aren’t eligible. 

What to do

Thomas and Christina don’t have to isolate even though they are partially vaccinated, because they’re travelling from a region that’s not considered an area of risk. It’s recommended that Thomas, Christina, and all their children get voluntary screening tests 5 days after they return home to Eeyou Istchee.

2 kettles on rocks by fire

John lives with his sister Daisy in Eeyou Istchee. John has received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Daisy has received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. John has medical treatment appointments in Montreal. He gets a ride there. He takes the Wichiihiituwin charter to come home to Eeyou Istchee.

What to do

John doesn’t have to isolate when he comes home, even though he is travelling from an area of risk, because he is considered to be fully vaccinated. It’s recommended that John get a voluntary screening test 5 days after he returns home. Since his sister Daisy stayed at home in Eeyou Istchee, she doesn’t have to isolate when John comes home, even though she isn’t fully vaccinated.

2 people playing chess

Owen and Amy are a couple and they live together. They don’t have any children. Owen is fully vaccinated (with 2 doses), but Amy is considered partially vaccinated (1 dose). Amy planned a solo weekend shopping road trip in an area of risk.

What to do

Since Amy isn’t fully vaccinated, she’ll have to isolate when she returns to Eeyou Istchee, as required by MSIL. She should get a voluntary screening test between Day 5-7 after she returns. Ideally, Amy should isolate separately from Owen in their home (eg in a separate, closed room, or other, separate area of their shared house), or in another dwelling.

If Amy can’t isolate in either of the two ways described above, and decides to stay at home with Owen, then they are considered to be in a bubble together. In this case, Owen would either have to show his proof of full vaccination to the local PSO to avoid isolation requirements, or he would be required to isolate with Amy.


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The Cree Nation Government and the Cree Board of Health are closely monitoring our neighbouring areas to assess the risks associated with travel. We are looking for any increase in the number of cases, changes in the regions' ability to manage epidemics, and their ability to conduct contact tracing.

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