Nunavut suspends common travel area with N.W.T.
‘Anyone travelling to Nunavut from the N.W.T. must isolate at the designated isolation hub in Yellowknife,’ Patterson says
Nunavut has suspended its common travel area with the Northwest Territories following a recent outbreak of COVID-19 in Yellowknife.
Nunavut’s chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson, announced on Monday afternoon the end of the policy, which had exempted travellers from having to isolate when travelling from the N.W.T. to Nunavut.
The N.W.T. closed its side of the common travel area in November.
An outbreak of eight confirmed cases linked to an elementary school in Yellowknife prompted officials to shut down services and unnecessary travel to and from that city.
“Anyone travelling to Nunavut from the N.W.T. must isolate at the designated isolation hub in Yellowknife for 14 days before returning into the territory,” Patterson said in a news release.
“Exceptions to this isolation requirement include travellers with a same-ticket layover through Yellowknife, critical workers with an authorized travel letter, medical travellers, or those granted compassionate exemption.”
Anyone who travelled from Yellowknife to Nunavut on or after April 28 must isolate immediately for 14 days from the day they returned home, he said.
Patterson reiterated that the GN discourages any non-essential travel to and from the territory right now.
As of Monday, Nunavut had a total of 85 active cases of COVID-19; 81 of those are in Iqaluit, where city leaders declared a state of emergency Monday morning.
Anyone in Nunavut who believes they have been exposed to COVID-19 should call the territory’s hotline at 1-888-975-8601 or notify their local health centre right away.
This article has been updated to reflect the fact that the N.W.T. side of the common travel area has been closed since November.