Nunavik introduces new alcohol restrictions prompted by COVID-19 pandemic
Limits meant to curb threat of the virus spreading in the region
New alcohol restrictions are being rolled out across Nunavik to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
“These restrictions are imposed to limit the harm associated with heavy drinking in the context of the risks of COVID-19 transmission in Nunavik,” states the announcement, made on Facebook on Thursday, March 26, by the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, Kativik Civil Security and the Kativik Regional Government.
The restrictions limit the purchase of alcohol at both Kuujjuaq and Puvirnituq’s Co-op stores to either 12 beers or one litre of wine, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
As well, Nunavimmiut can purchase a limit of 12 beers or one litre of wine from businesses outside Nunavik that ship into the region, on Mondays and Thursdays.
The Kativik Regional Police Force will review any orders to these outside businesses, according to the announcement. Police have the authority to refuse or delay orders deemed too high for a community or household.
These restrictions were put in place by Marie Rochette, regional director of public health, and Jean-Pierre Larose, director of public safety and chief of the Kativik Regional Police Force. They will remain in place until April 13 and will then be reviewed.
There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nunavik as of Thursday, March 26.