Masks now mandatory in all of Nunavik’s indoor public spaces
“There will be a transition period during which alternative forms of face coverings will be accepted”
Masks are now mandatory in all indoor public spaces throughout Quebec—and that includes Nunavik.
Starting July 18, the province has imposed a new rule that requires people to wear a mask or face covering in all closed or partially closed spaces. That includes spaces accessible to the general public, like stores, cultural and community centres, workspaces, hospitals, airports, training centres or post offices.
The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services said it will publish an exhaustive list of public spaces in the region where masks are required.
But regional authorities plan to give Nunavimmiut some time to adapt to the new requirement.
“It is understood that it might take some time to have access to a mask or to make one,” the Kativik Regional Government said in a July 17 news release.
“There will be a transition period during which alternative forms of face coverings like bandanas or scarves will be accepted.”
After that point, officials warn that shops or other public spaces have the right to refuse people access if they are not wearing a face covering.
Children aged 12 and under are exempt from wearing masks, as are people whose health prevents them from wearing one.
The Kativik Regional Government will be distributing free face masks to elders throughout the region; Nunavimmiut should inquire at their local Northern Village office.
Nunavik has seen a total of 17 cases of COVID-19, now all recovered. Those cases don’t included the most recent incident in which a southern worker was found to be infected after he arrived in Salluit for a work contract. He has since left the region.
As of July 5, 1,386 people have been tested either in Nunavik or just before arriving in the region.