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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Nunavut government has reopened the travel bubble with Churchill

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Key Takeaways:

  • Unvaccinated visitors must fill out a travelers’ declaration form provided by the Nunavut government.
  • Nunavut’s chief public health officer restored the travel bubble between Nunavut and Churchill, Man.

On Sept. 17, Dr. Michael Patterson announced the travel ban, citing a spike in COVID-19 cases in Manitoba. “Unvaccinated travelers who are in a COVID-free community and have been in the common travel area for at least 14 days will be acceptable to travel to and from Churchill,” the Nunavut government announced in a news release on Monday.

According to a territorial government spokesperson, there is currently one case of COVID-19 in Nunavut, an out-of-territory individual isolated in Pond Inlet. According to a provincial government spokesperson, there are currently no active cases in Churchill.

According to the release, unvaccinated visitors from Churchill must complete the government of Nunavut’s traveler’s declaration form, wear masks in public places, and follow physical distancing rules.

It was also added that Nunavummiut, who travel to Churchill on the exemption and want to return to Nunavut, must also fill out the traveler’s form.

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There are distinct rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. The release also provided instructions for travelers based on their vaccination status. It stated that vaccinated travelers traveling with unvaccinated dependents could apply to enter the territory by emailing with a vaccinated traveler declaration form.

Non-Nunavut residents must also provide proof of vaccination.

Unvaccinated visitors must stay at a government of Nunavut quarantine site in southern Canada before returning to Nunavut.

He revealed that Manitoba sees new COVID-19 cases and that he has decided to close the travel bubble “due to the raised risk of illness.”

On Friday, the Manitoba administration reported 629 active cases in the province. The most recent statistics also show an increase in hospitalizations, with 72 people admitted on Friday compared to 62 on Thursday.

Source: westislandblog, CBC News

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