Yellowknife prepares to reopen services

Yellowknife City Hall (File photo/CKLB)

The City of Yellowknife has begun planning for reopening city programs, services and facilities.

The city said in a media release its plans are in line with the Government of the Northwest Territories (GWNT) ‘Emerging Wisely’ framework.

Some of the GNWT first phase reopening activities include outdoor activities like playgrounds, gun ranges, soccer fields and baseball diamonds.

Education facilities like museums, libraries, summer camps, day programming and possibly schools. As well as other services such as bottle depots, shuttle busses, gyms and farmers’ markets.

“We are keen to resume programs and services, and access to City facilities that have been deeply missed in recent weeks,” said Sheila Bassi-Kellett, city administrator, in a media release. “The City is working to reopen as quickly as possible and thanks residents for your patience as we get this done safely.”

The first phase can’t commence until essential steps are in place which include secure entry points, reduced risks of arriving workers, expanded community testing and ensuring the situation remains stable.

However, if no cases are found by Friday May 15, it will mark two incubation periods — 28 days — since the last confirmed case recovered.

Although the city said it is developing its reopening schedule, no details or timeline have been provided. The media release said it and will communicate all updates through the city webpage.

About the Author

Luke Carroll
Luke Carroll is a journalist originally from Brockville, Ont. He has previously worked as a reporter and editor in Ottawa, Halifax and New Brunswick. Luke is a graduate of Carleton University's bachelor of journalism program. If you have a story idea, feel free to send him an email at