Nunavut RCMP to don masks, gloves during COVID-19 pandemic

“This is being done to help ensure we maintain our officer and public safety”

Members of the RCMP in Nunavut are starting to wear personal protective equipment, which can include masks such as this N95 model. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)

By Nunatsiaq News

Nunavut RCMP officers plan to wear personal protective equipment, such as masks and gloves, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“This is being done to help ensure we maintain our officer and public safety in accordance with the guidelines of the federal and territorial governments,” the RCMP said in a March 26 news release.

The Nunavut RCMP have also said it will ask callers about whether they might have been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19.

And on March 17, the RCMP announced that “public access to the front counters of detachments would be limited to those making complaints.”

The Nunavut RCMP says administrative services, such as criminal record checks, remain suspended “until further notice,” in an effort to minimize and reduce the risk of unnecessary exposure to the novel coronavirus for the police and the public.

“As we move collectively through this pandemic and in supporting the Government of Nunavut orders and directions, we thank everyone who is practicing self-isolation and social distancing. Together we can make a difference and help reduce the risk,” the RCMP said in its latest release.

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