As Nunavut enters the first weekend of a two-week lockdown in an effort to curb further transmission of Covid-19 – currently at 84 cases, the vast majority in the Kivalliq – Premier Joe Savikataaq is asking Nunavummiut to uphold recommended public health measures.
"This virus does not care how hard we’re working or how bored or tired we are. We do not get to relax for a single moment with what we’re doing. Please do not give it a chance to take more of a hold in any of our communities," the premier said on Friday, urging Nunavummiut to "stay strong and focused."
While socializing is strongly discouraged, taking trips out on the land, hunting or fishing with members of one's household or a small group of up to five people are alternative options, Savikataaq noted, adding that wearing a mask outside of home, maintaining social distance, washing one's hands, and coughing into one's elbow are recommended actions.
"I know our reality is hard right now, especially for our kids. Today is National Child Day, so I encourage everyone to celebrate our children and their spirits, talents and gifts. Our kids are a big part of our lives and communities, and Covid is hard on them too," he said. "Let’s try to take some time today to let the children around us know how special they are, and how proud we are of the sacrifices they’re making too. Kids, we are so, so proud of what you’re doing. We hope things might be a more normal sometime soon. You’re all so brave!"
The premier concluded his message by thanking Nunavummiut.
"I have heard almost nothing but positivity, encouragement and praise for one another and all the work everyone is doing. We can do this. We can keep it up. Stay well. Stay safe. Stay home."