Rankin Inlet to bar unvaccinated people from municipal buildings
Proof-of-vaccination bylaw takes effect next week
People in Rankin Inlet who do not have two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will soon be barred from entering municipal buildings and participating in events such as weddings or worship services.
Rankin Inlet’s new bylaw takes effect Nov. 30.
Council passed the ordinance on Oct. 25.
It applies to bingo, lottery events, sports activities, all gatherings, feasts, community games, and all public meetings, the bylaw states.
It also includes other events, such as weddings, parties, funerals, worship activities, etc., regardless of whether the event is a hamlet-sponsored or third-party-sponsored event.
The bylaw does make a couple of exceptions. People who have not been vaccinated can enter municipal buildings to pay fees and apply for permits or programs.
The other exception is if “unvaccinated persons” are entering a municipal building to attend a vaccination clinic.
People without their vaccines, who think they should get access to a municipal building, can make a request in writing to the hamlet’s senior administrative officer, the bylaw states.
For example, the bylaw said if someone has a medical reason that prevents them from getting a vaccine, or if someone feels discriminated under the Nunavut Human Rights Act, they can petition the SAO.
Penalties for violating the bylaw range from $250 for a first offence to $2,250 after the third offence.
The bylaw will be in place until the Government of Nunavut declares the public emergency due to COVID-19 to be over, or council repeals it.