Nunavut to ease public health measures across the Kivalliq
‘There hasn’t been an active case in the community since March 20,’ chief public health officer says
The Government of Nunavut says it’s easing public health measures across the Kivalliq effective Wednesday, now that the region has gone three weeks without a case of COVID-19.
In Arviat, that means community members will be able to gather in groups of up to 50 people in indoor public community spaces and outdoors.
Up to two immediate family members will be allowed to visit relatives in health care centres, including long-term care or boarding homes.
Masks remain mandatory in the Kivalliq community and indoor private gatherings stay capped at five people, the government said in a Tuesday news release.
“There hasn’t been an active case in the community since March 20 and no COVID-19 cases have been identified in the rest of the region,” said Nunavut’s chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson.
“Based on current circumstances, it is safe to once again ease public health measures across all communities in the Kivalliq region.”
Communities elsewhere in the Kivalliq region will see their local public health measures aligned with those in the rest of Nunavut.
That means up to 15 people can gather at indoor private gatherings, plus household members, while as many as 100 people can attend public gathering spaces, including churches.
Public swimming pools, recreation centres, gyms, museums and libraries can also open to a maximum of 25 people or 50 per cent capacity, whichever is less. Arenas can open to a maximum of 50 people or 50 per cent capacity.
All public playgrounds, municipal parks and territorial parks may open in those communities, the government said.
Nunavut has seen a total of 395 cases of COVID-19 cases, the majority of those in Arviat. Four Nunavummiut have died of the virus, according to government statistics.
Residents in any community across the territory should call their local health centre if they want to be vaccinated against the virus.