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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Singing, dancing to restart as Nunavut relaxes public health measures


Key takeaways: 

  • Government prepares to raise public health emergencies by April 11.
  • The territory is positioned to terminate its public health emergency on April 11. 

April 11 will bring joy and happiness to Nunavut: 

Singing and dancing at bars, restaurants, and areas of worship will be back to most of Nunavut the following week as the territory slowly relaxes public health measures set in place as a consequence of the public health emergency announced nearly two years ago.

That state of emergency is set to be raised by April 11. 

Nunavut Health Minister John Main and Chief Public Health Officer Michael Patterson declared Wednesday morning. 

“It is time to drive away from life under public health measures,” Patterson stated in a news release. “These changes will allow the Government of Nunavut to move resources to incorporate COVID-19 answer into the regular health care system.” 

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Nunavut to ease restrictions

Nunavut first announced a form of public health emergency on March 18, 2020. That provided the great government authorities to require people to self-isolate if entering the territory, close businesses, and take other unusual measures to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The goal to raise the state of emergency is based on the belief there are no further challenges connected to the virus, and there is proof that the health system can manage with COVID-19 as it would any other state. 

As of March 9, the region registered 472 known active cases. 

The territory will begin by slowly reducing measures the following week, excluding the neighborhoods of Gjoa Haven, Kugaaruk, Igloolik, and Taloyoak. 

Elsewhere, the following differences are in effect as of Monday, March 14:

  • Indoor groups grow to 15 individuals plus family members. 
  • Public indoor meetings rise to 50 individuals or 50 percent capacity, whichever is less. 
  • Group counseling sessions expand to 20 individuals, with masks required.
  • Outdoor gatherings grow to 100 individuals. 

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