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COVID-19 GN Update - August 31, 2020

31 August 2020

August 31, 2020

There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut.

The total number of persons followed to date is 2321. There are 346 persons currently being followed.

As part of the Government of Nunavut’s (GN) effort to protect Nunavummiut against the risk of COVID-19, GN Departments are implementing the following:

Department of Health Services

Ottawa Residence Inn:

Travel to Nunavut from the Isolation Site at the Ottawa Residence Inn, which was delayed on Friday, August 28 has resumed. Travel was delayed to Sunday, August 30 as Ottawa Public Health investigated a positive case of COVID-19 at the site. A member of the GN’s contracted security team tested positive for COVID-19, which prompted the investigation. 


Calling Ahead at Health Centres

Unless you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call your health centre first before going in. Describe your symptoms, and health care providers can conduct a telephone assessment and may schedule in-person appointments for appropriate care.

Wearing Masks at Health Centres

If you are presenting at a health centre with respiratory symptoms like coughing, sneezing, or a runny nose, please wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, please tell whoever receives you at the health centre of your symptoms, and they can provide you with one.

Order Social Distancing and Gatherings #8

A revised Social Distancing and Gathering Order came into effect today (August 31) to address concerns from the Department of Education regarding activities such as fitness classes and emergency evacuations and fire drills.


Changes to the order include:

Under clause 2e: The social distancing requirements set out in clause 2 (b) and the five-person limit set out in clause 2 (c) do not apply to the following entities:

  • Any building during a mandatory evacuation or evacuation drill, subject to specific guidelines and directions issued by the Office of the Fire Marshal or the Workers Safety and Compensation Commission.


To add clarity around group fitness classes at school gymnasiums and community halls, the clause regarding gymnasia has been amended. It now reads:

  • Gymnasia, athletics facilities, recreation centres, and fitness centres owned or operated by the Government of Nunavut, a municipal corporation, a District Education Authority, society, not-for-profit organization, or private corporation may open for individual workouts, but must not offer group workouts such as fitness classes.


The new provisions under the Order Restricting Social Distancing and Gatherings come into effect immediately.


Isolation Volumes

Total (All Isolation Locations)

Traveler Type

Guests in Isolation as Aug. 23

Medical Travel






Traveller repatriation summary:

Departure Date

# of Travellers from Isolation Sites

Aug. 29


Aug. 30


Aug. 31


Sept. 1


Sept. 2



Critical Worker Requests

As of Aug.28, there are 4827 requests, 2462 of which are critical worker requests.

Request Status



Approved (includes critical and non-critical)









Common Travel Area Approved







Department of Community and Government Services

Requests to enter the territory for construction related projects or to travel within the territory for construction related projects can be emailed to

Construction workers who completed isolation to date: 1159


Nunavummiut’s health is our shared responsibility!
Remember: wash your hands and surfaces, practice social distancing, listen to the advice of health officials, and stay home if you’re sick.