Nunavut Post

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Masks now optional in Yukon school


Key takeaways: 

  • An official says that the territory is ‘at a stage in the outbreak where compulsory masks are no longer mandated.
  • On Tuesday, wearing masks at all Yukon schools and school buses is optional. 

Students and staff in Yukon schools no longer have sports masks.

In an email mailed to school staff, parents, and parents of Yukon students on Friday, the assistant deputy minister of schools and students services said the decision was made based on information fed by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Ryan Sikkes stated health officials observed the number of COVID-19 cases in the region during April and May and concluded the area is “at a stage in the outbreak where obligatory masks are no longer mandated.”

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Students and staff in Yukon schools no longer have sports masks

He stated that the new order, also used on school buses, took Tuesday.

“All students, staff, and families should persist in using warning and take measures to restrict the spread of COVID-19 in schools and our communities,” Sikkes reported.

The email said going outside helps decrease the spread of COVID-19. “We urge students and staff to take their education, break and lunch gaps to the outdoors,” the email says.

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