GNWT to continue covering isolation centre costs for people legally required to travel, students

Masks will be mandatory for all travellers and employees entering NWT airports. (Yellowknife Airport photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Students and those legally required to travel will continue to have their stay at isolation centres covered by the territorial government.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the territory requires anyone entering the NWT to self-isolate for 14-days. If the person does not have a place to self-isolate, the government covered the costs for residents to quarantine in one of the self-isolation centres located in Yellowknife, Hay River, Inuvik or Fort Smith.

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) announced on Dec. 1 that it would no longer be covering the isolation centre costs for leisure travel starting on Jan. 5.

However, in a press release issued Friday, the GNWT says students and apprentices who live in the NWT but are required to travel beyond the border for education and training will have their  isolation centre costs covered.

Additionally, those required to travel outside the territory for legal requirements, such as child custody arrangements or court-ordered addictions treatment, will also have isolation centre costs covered.

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