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Nunavut’s Path: moving forward during COVID-19

 

Decisive in our approach, cautious in our choices.

When we travel on the land, our path forward is never a straight line. There are trails to find, and obstacles to overcome. Even when the route ahead looks clear, conditions can change at a moment’s notice. Because of this uncertainty, Nunavummiut know when to pause, when to re-assess, and even when to turn back. The goal is to reach the destination safely, not quickly.

Nunavut’s Path reflects these same principles. We’ve all made a lot of sacrifices throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, but thanks to our combined efforts, we can finally take steps to ease public health measures and start to return to some of the activities we enjoy. But we need to be careful, and we need to make sure that all these sacrifices are not wasted. That is why easing public health measures needs to be flexible and adaptive. We need to know when to pause, when to re-assess, and when to go back.

Nunavut is unique. Our distinctiveness has helped protect us against the threat of COVID-19, and now it helps shape our way forward. We are will be guided by evolving situations in the jurisdictions around us, and because of that, our tight border restrictions must remain.

Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer will make decisions on what public health measures may be lifted or changed. We are moving forward, and though the path ahead may not always be clear, Nunavummiut will navigate the same way we always have- together. 

 

 

Nunavut’s Path: moving forward during COVID-19
Nunavut’s Path: Frequently Asked Questions
Nunavut's Path: Guidelines
 

October 5, 2020

Measures:

 
Gatherings:
  • Outdoor gathering limit increases to 100 persons, with social distancing.
  • Indoor gatherings in dwellings: total number of occupants plus up to 15 people.

Food Service Establishments
  • All food service establishments in Nunavut may open for on-premises dining, delivery, and take-out service as follows:
    • Seating capacity be no greater than seventy-five percent of the regular seating capacity.
    • There must be at least two metres separation between tables and between persons in line for take-out or counter service.
    • No more than six people seated at or congregating near a table.
  • Food service establishments may establish their own hours for on-premises, take-out and delivery services.

Licensed Premises
  • All Licensed Premises may open for regular business hours, subject to any applicable licensing conditions, as follows:
    • Seating capacity be no greater than seventy-five percent of the regular seating capacity.
    • There must be at least two meters separation between tables and between persons in line for take-out, coat check, and bar service.
    • There shall be no more than six people seated at or congregating near a table.

Recreation, leisure, and community groups:
  • Libraries, Museums, and Galleries may open for regular business as follows:
    • Total number of occupants cannot exceed 50% of the rated capacity for the room.
  • Gyms, Fitness Centres, Cadet halls, Recreation Centres, and private fitness clubs can open for individual workouts, group fitness classes, youth groups, cadets, and recreational sports as follows:
    • Total capacity per room cannot exceed 25 people or 50% of the rated capacity.
  • Municipal arenas may open for individual workouts, fitness classes, and recreational sports, provided that:
    • Total number of occupants on the playing surface, including participants and officials does not exceed the lesser of 50 persons or fifty per cent of the rated capacity of each room.
    • Total number of spectators shall not exceed 50 persons.
  • Youth centres and day camps may resume operations.
  • Theatres and churches are permitted to re-open.
    • Total number of occupants cannot exceed 100 people or 75% of the rated capacity of the room.
  • Municipal playgrounds are permitted to re-open.

Personal service providers, dental clinics, physiotherapy clinics, massage therapy and chiropractic treatments
  • Personal service providers are permitted to open for one-on-one sessions.
  • Dental Clinics, physiotherapy clinics, massage therapy, and chiropractic treatments are permitted to resume. Proper PPE must be made available if requested.

Institutions of public government, meetings organized by governments, Inuit organizations, conference facilities and rental meeting spaces
  • Total number of occupants cannot exceed 100 people or 75% of the rated capacity of the room.

Long-term care, continuing care, and medical boarding homes
  • Residents may have two visitors at once from their immediate families.
  • Visitors must wear masks or face coverings.

Masks:
  • Exempt travellers must wear masks or face coverings for their first 14 days in Nunavut whenever they are in public places.
  • Exempt travellers under 2 years of age, and aged 2-4 years who cannot be persuaded to wear masks are exempt.
  • Exempt travellers requiring accommodation under the Human Rights Act can be exempt from wearing masks.
  • Exempt travellers may remove their masks to consume food or drink in public places.

Other measures:
  • The Member of Parliament for Nunavut, Members of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut and the Senators for Nunavut can be exempt from isolation provided they submit a written request to Chief Public Health Office. The intent of the amendment is to allow government representatives to conduct official government business. This exemption is optional.
  • Parks and park buildings may now open.
  • Daycares are permitted to open up for regular business.