The GNWT is taking more steps to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic by closing Highway 7, the Liard Highway effective today.
According to a news release, “The highway will be closed beginning at kilometre 1 and extending to kilometre 5.”
- Emergency and enforcement vehicles are exempted from the closure.
- Drivers are advised to use Highway 1 to enter or leave the territory, which is open for limited exceptions.
The decision was made by the Commissioner of the NWT under the Public Highways Act to support the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in the NWT. The closure of Highway 7 supports the order of the Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Kami Kandola with respect to limiting travel into the NWT.
The GNWT would like to remind drivers that it is unsafe and illegal to drive on a closed highway.
The order comes into effect at 5:00 p.m. today.