Nunavut’s circuit breaker lockdown will end January 17 with the easing of public health restrictions.
Dr. Michael Patterson, chief public health officer, announced the following changes starting Monday, Jan. 17:
– Community travel restrictions will be lifted;
– Outdoor gatherings will be permitted to 25 people;
– Indoor gatherings in dwellings will allow up to five people, plus household members;
– Government, Inuit organizations and all other offices may open;
– Childcare facilities may open;
– Long-term care and Elders’ facilities may have one visitor per resident, but masks are mandatory;
– Indoor public gatherings, including community halls and recreation centres will be limited to 25 people or 25 per cent capacity;
– Gyms and fitness centres can open to 25 people or 25 per cent capacity for solo workouts only, no group sessions;
– Libraries and galleries can open to 25 people or 25 per cent capacity, no gatherings or group tours;
– Places of worship will be permitted up to 50 people or 25 per cent capacity, no singing allowed;
– Arenas will be permitted up to 25 people or 25 per cent capacity, as well as 25 spectators, no team sports allowed;
– All non-essential businesses may open, including personal services such as hair and beauty salons;
– Taxis may have one fare per trip, with mandatory masks;
– Group counselling sessions are now open to 10 people;
– Parks and playgrounds may open, but buildings remain closed;
– Restaurants and licensed establishments remain restricted to take-out only, with a maximum of 10 people in line;
– Schools will be opening January 24.
“The strict public health restrictions since the end of December have been effective in controlling the spread of Covid-19,” stated Dr. Patterson in a news release. “It is now safe to ease public health measures and lift the travel restrictions across the territory. I remind all Nunavummiut to stay cautious and safe and do their part to keep their community healthy.”
Masks remain mandatory in all communities and non-essential travel continues to be discouraged.