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Public health measures to ease on June 25; outbreak in Kinngait declared over

There are currently no active cases in the territory
Public health measures have been eased in Rankin Inlet and most Qikiqtani communities, with the exception of Iqaluit, which saw cases and their own lockdown back in April. NNSL file photo

The COVID-19 in Kinngait has been declared over in an announcement today.

On June 23, Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Patterson also announced new eased public health measures in Rankin Inlet and in all Qikiqtani communities except Iqaluit.

Effective Friday, June 25, measures in Rankin Inlet and all Qikiqtani communities except Iqaluit will be the following:

  • Indoor gatherings in community halls, conference spaces, government and Inuit organization facilities will increase to 100 people or 75 per cent capacity, whichever is fewer;
  • Group sessions at fitness centres and pools can increase to 25 people. Theatres and places of worship may allow 100 people or 75 per cent capacity, whichever is fewer;
  • Territorial and municipal park buildings may re-open;
  • Physical distancing must be maintained in public and schools may move to Stage 1 of the Opening Plan for Nunavut Schools;
  • Indoor gatherings in private dwellings remain at 15 people plus household members, and outdoor gathering limits remain at 100 people.

“Through hard work by Nunavummiut and our public health teams, it has been more than 28 days since the last active case in Kinngait, and we can declare the outbreak over,” said Patterson.

“As we ease measures in most of the Qikiqtani region and Rankin Inlet, I urge everyone to remain vigilant.”

Masks continue to be mandatory in all Nunavut communities.

Anyone who has reason to believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 is advised to call the COVID-hotline at 1-888-975-8601 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST, or notify their community health centre right away, and immediately isolate at home for 14 days. Please do not go to the health centre in person.