Nunavut premier clarifies rules about who pays for self-isolation stays
Those who voluntarily leave the territory as of May 7 will pay cost of staying in isolation hubs before returning
Nunavut’s premier is clarifying which residents returning to the territory from southern Canada will have to pay the cost of their self-isolation stays.
The government announced late last week that, as of this Thursday, May 7, residents wanting to return to the territory who had left voluntarily must pay for their 14-day self-isolation stays in one of four designated hotels.
But Premier Joe Savikataaq clarified on Monday, May 4, that this only applies to residents who leave the territory after May 7. Those who left the territory before then won’t need to pay.
Nunavut residents have been required to stay in isolation hubs before returning to the territory since March 23, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The cost of the isolation stays will be $2,100 for one person, and $1,050 for each additional person in a party. The cost includes a hotel room, security and transportation to the airport.
The territory’s medical travel patients and GN employees on travel duty will continue to have their self-isolation stays paid for them.
Savikataaq said that the government has paid over $2 million for the self-isolation stays so far.
“We need to focus our funds on other things like keeping airlines operational, procuring essential supplies, and ensuring our economy stays afloat,” he said.
“Most of us won’t have the summer vacation we planned.”