‘Red alert’ COVID-19 restrictions in place in Kangirsuk and Ivujivik
Non-essential services shut in both communities, curfew and travel restrictions in place
Two Nunavik communities are under “red alert” COVID-19 travel restrictions and a curfew, following the discovery of several cases of COVID-19 in the region.
There are four active cases in Kangirsuk and 14 active cases in Ivujivik, the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services announced Monday.
Services deemed “non-essential” have been suspended in in both communities. These services include daycares, churches, community centres and schools.
Grocery stores, community health centres, municipal services, construction and police services are deemed essential and will continue to operate.
People in both communities are advised to not gather with people from outside of their households. A curfew is now in place, forbidding people from leaving their homes between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Travel to and from both communities are also suspended. Flights to and from Ivujivik are allowed to resume on Oct. 19, but in Kangirsuk, they remain suspended until further notice.
Travel to Kangirsuk and Ivujivik is restricted to residents of the communities, people travelling to provide essential services, humanitarian reasons, commercial reasons and people who are required to travel because of a court order. The same rules apply to Kangirsuk and Ivujivik residents who need to travel to other regions within Nunavik.
Residents of Kangirsuk and Ivujivik hoping to fly south of Nunavik are also only allowed to travel if they are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and if they have not been in contact with someone who has tested positive. Travellers must also prove that they have tested negative within 72 hours of departure.