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Sanikiluaq schools restricted to 50 per cent capacity

21 January 2022

News Release

Sanikiluaq schools restricted to 50 per cent capacity

Iqaluit, Nunavut (January 21, 2022) – Today, Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO), is advising that schools in Sanikiluaq will be restricted to 50 per cent capacity when they open on Monday.

“Due to the number of individuals with COVID-19 infections in Sanikiluaq, I am restricting school capacity to 50 per cent,” said Dr. Patterson. “The restriction will reduce the risk of transmission to students and staff, while keeping schools open safely.”

“All schools in Nunavut have prepared cohort plans based on the Department of Education’s health and safety guidelines, in case they need to move to 50 per cent student capacity,” said Pamela Gross, Minister of Education. “Sanikiluaq schools will be implementing their cohort plans effective Monday, January 24. School staff will contact students and their families to provide further information about cohorts and schedules.”

Daycares remain open at full capacity. Premier P.J. Akeeagok and Dr. Patterson will hold a live COVID-19 update at 11 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, January 25. Tune in on the Legislative Assembly TV channel, at or on radio in Iqaluit at 92.5FM.

Anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms is advised to call the COVID hotline at
1-888-975-8601 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. EDT or notify their community health centre right away by telephone. Please do not go to the health centre in person.

COVID-19 vaccines are available to all Nunavummiut aged 5 and older and boosters are available for anyone 12 years and older. Contact your health centre to make an appointment. For all the latest information on COVID-19 in Nunavut, go to:


Media Contact:

Chris Puglia    
A/Manager of Communications
Department of Health