Quarantine means restricting activities or separating people who are not ill themselves but may have been exposed to COVID-19. The goal is to prevent spread of the disease at the time when people just develop symptoms.

Isolation means separating people who are ill with symptoms of COVID-19 and may be infectious to prevent the spread of the disease.

Social distancing means being physically apart. The World Health Organization recommends keeping at least one metre distance from others. This is a general measure that everyone should take even if they are well with no known exposure to COVID-19. 


The COVID-19 regulations about isolation changed at the beginning of February 2022:

  1. Any person who is a confirmed laboratory positive COVID-19 case and is asymptomatic is not required to isolate.
  2. Any person who is a confirmed laboratory positive COVID-19 case and is symptomatic must isolate him/herself for a period of 7 days, unless a longer period is recommended by a medical practitioner.