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Hamlet of Arviat announces state of emergency

At 8 a.m. the morning of Feb. 24 the Hamlet of Arviat announced a state of emergency to last until Mar. 2.In a release by the Hamlet it states 'due to the longevity of the Public Health Emergency in Arviat' the Mayor and Council in an emergency meeting has declared a Local State of Emergency in the community.
0402Pooka Kolit Pooka Kolit ArviatJanuary 19, 2019.
By the time the sun rises in Arviat tomorrow, Covid public health restrictions will be eased. photo courtesy of Pooka Kolit

At 8 a.m. the morning of Feb. 24 the Hamlet of Arviat announced a state of emergency extending until March 2.

A news release issued by the Hamlet states 'due to the longevity of the public health emergency in Arviat' the mayor and council held an emergency meeting Feb. 23 and declared a local state of emergency for the next seven days in the community.

Through this, the Local State of Emergency Council has declared a curfew in Arviat and 'may place additional restrictions on other programs and services' that are offered in the hamlet as deemed necessary.

The curfew will be in effect each night from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The following restrictions are also in place:

  • All retail and food service establishments/businesses are to be closed. All essential service providers can continue as per public health orders by the chief public health officer such as oil delivery, Hamlet services and emergency maintenance;
  • No persons shall be permitted off their property during this time unless it is an emergency or is an essential worker going to and from work.

Only one person per household will be able to shop at the same time, and each still can only have up to 50 percent capacity as rated by the Fire Marshall's office.

There will be 24-hour monitoring by Hamlet public safety officers and four additional officers have been hired to enforce the curfew.

Mayor and council will decide March 1 whether they will extend the state of emergency for an additional week.

Residents who have concerns or questions can email