Nunavut suspends travel bubble with NWT

Premier Cochrane with Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq. (Council of the Federation Photo)

Nunavut has suspended its travel bubble with the Northwest Territories as Yellowknife deals with a COVID-19 outbreak.

“Following the new announcements on the COVID-19 situation in Yellowknife, beginning today, we will be closing our side of the Common Travel Area with the NWT,” said Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, in a press release.

Anyone who traveled from Yellowknife to Nunavut on or after April 28, must self-isolate for 14 days.

However, travellers with a same-ticket layover through Yellowknife, essential workers with an authorized travel letter, medical travellers, or those granted compassionate exemption, will not need to self-isolate.

The suspension comes as Nunavut faces its own outbreak.

Iqaluit city council declared a state of emergency on Monday as the community deals with 81 active cases.

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