Nunavik’s health board reminds residents to keep their distance
Even outdoor gatherings should be limited to members of a household, board says
The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services is doubling down on its call to restrict all social gatherings, after a case of the novel coronavirus was confirmed in Salluit over the weekend.
“Nunavimmiut should realize and remember that everyone, including healthy adults, youth and children, are at risk of catching and transmitting COVID-19,” said Minnie Grey, executive director of the health board, in a March 30 news release.
“It is through social distancing that we can best protect one another, even if it means cancelling events that are important to us as a community.”
Public spaces have been closed across Nunavik, and the health board said all gatherings, including church services, weddings, birthday parties and funerals should be cancelled.
In the case of funerals, people are advised to contact the health board for guidance on how to proceed.
Even gatherings between families should be cancelled, the board said. This is particularly important when family members are elders or infants, or have compromised immune systems.
Even outdoor gatherings, the board said, should be limited to members of a household.
“These measures are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the most vulnerable in the communities. They are at a higher risk of developing complications,” said Marie Rochette, director of public health for the region.
“The only way to achieve this is by collectively avoiding physical contact with one another as much as possible.”
On March 29, a mandatory curfew was put in place for the entire Nunavik region by Jean-Pierre Larose, chief of the Kativik Regional Police Force and director of public security.
The curfew is in place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
In addition, all travel between communities, including by snowmobile, has been banned.
“The fewer the contacts between the residents of the different communities, the more chances residents will give themselves to limit the virus from spreading,” states the news release.