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GN suspends travelling from NWT without self-isolation

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“Following the new announcements on the COVID-19 situation in Yellowknife, beginning today, we will be closing our side of the common travel area with the NWT,” says Nunavut's chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson. NNSL file photo

The ability to fly to and from the Northwest Territories without having to self-isolate has come to an end immediately.

“Following the new announcements on the COVID-19 situation in Yellowknife, beginning today, we will be closing our side of the common travel area with the NWT,” said Nunavut's chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson. “Anyone travelling to Nunavut from the NWT must isolate at the designated isolation hub in Yellowknife for 14 days before returning into the territory. Exceptions to this isolation requirement include travelers with a same-ticket layover through Yellowknife, critical workers with an authorized travel letter, medical travellers, or those granted compassionate exemption.”

There were six confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Yellowknife as of Sunday and 10 more probable cases. All schools in the NWT capital have been ordered to close.

All travellers who departed Yellowknife into Nunavut on or after April 28 must isolate
immediately for 14 days from the day they returned home, according to the Department of Health.

When a single traveller in a household is required to isolate, so must all of the other members of the household, as directed by current public health orders. That includes households with recent travellers from the NWT or Iqaluit and homes where exempted critical workers reside. The isolation period is 14 days. Shopping for food once per week would be allowable if there's not option to have groceries delivered, the Department of Health stated.

All non-essential travel, including travel by air and by land, continues to be highly
discouraged.





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