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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.
Aug. 10, 2020
- Government of Nunavut offices are opened to the public. Our offices are following WSCC guidelines, and we are happy to be able to welcome Nunavummiut back to help with program and service delivery.
- 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.
- All licensed establishments in the territory are allowed to open with regular hours.
- The limit for outdoor gatherings has been increased to 50 people.
- The limit for indoor gatherings has been increased to 10 people. In private dwellings, this means 10 people in addition to those who reside there.
- The limit for gatherings at places of worship, conference facilities, community halls, rental meeting spaces, and gatherings organized by the Government of Canada, Government of Nunavut, municipal corporations, or Regional Inuit Organizations has been set at 50 people or 50% of capacity for the facility, whichever is less.
- Youth centres and day camps may resume operations.
- Long-term care facilities can accept visitors in a limited capacity; they can only allow one to two visitors per resident at a time, and these visitors can only be immediate family.
- Personal service providers are permitted to open for one-on-one sessions.
- Theatres and churches are permitted to re-open.
- Gyms and pools are permitted to re-open for solo workouts and lap swimming only.
- Dental Clinics, physiotherapy clinics, massage therapy, and chiropractic treatments are permitted to resume. Proper PPE must be made available if requested.
- Workplace and retail outlets are permitted to re-open, provided that they have safety measures in place.
- Galleries, museums, and libraries may be opened for individual viewing and browsing. Group sessions are still prohibited.
- There is an increased availability of in-person health assessments at health centres across the territory.
- Daycares are permitted to open up for regular business.
- Territorial parks may reopen for outdoor activities only. All park buildings will remain closed.
- Municipal playgrounds are permitted to re-open.