Legal considerations related to isolation and quarantine

Isolation and quarantine are used routinely in Massachusetts to control the spread of communicable diseases. Isolation refers to separating people who are ill from other people to prevent the spread of a communicable disease. Quarantine refers to separating and restricting the movement of people who have been exposed to a communicable disease and are not yet ill.

This list is an online resource for those who are responsible for protecting the public health, including health care providers, public health nurses, health directors, school nurses, emergency medical technicians, etc.

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Helpful background documents

Specific professional responsibilities or jurisdictional issues

Isolation and quarantine case study examining fictitious mass exposure to an infectious agent

Technical resources that include information about isolation and quarantine

Examples of legal documents for use by municipal attorneys and local boards of health when ordering and enforcing isolation