3 active COVID-19 cases in Kinngait, worker travel restrictions implemented
Unvaccinated and partly vaccinated workers entering the territory will be required to isolate, with exceptions
Three COVID-19 cases were still active in Kinngait on Monday, while the Government of Nunavut implemented stricter vaccine policies for workers entering the territory.
The cases in Kinngait account for all of the known active cases in the territory. Over the weekend, the only case in Kugluktuk was listed as resolved, according to the Department of Health’s COVID-19 statistics.
On Monday, the Health Department announced that it will be limiting travel exemptions for unvaccinated workers entering the territory, starting Nov. 1.
Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, said that workers should have the opportunity to get vaccinated back home because they are widely available in southern Canada.
“Minimizing the number of unvaccinated workers travelling to the territory on exemptions will help reduce the risks of COVID-19 coming to Nunavut,” Patterson said in a news release.
Currently, unvaccinated workers can apply for an isolation exemption to enter the territory. Under the new rules, exemptions will only be granted to fully vaccinated workers.
There are two exceptions to the new guidelines. Workers may provide a doctor’s note saying they are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons. Also, workers may get an exemption if “there is sudden and severe damage to critical infrastructure or if a replacement is necessary due to unforeseen illness or injury.”
Unvaccinated or partly vaccinated workers will be required to isolate for 14 days, out of territory, if they don’t meet the one of the two exceptions to the new rules.
The rules for travellers entering the territory for “compassionate” reasons have not changed.