Isolation exemptions coming for travellers from the Yukon

Travellers from the Yukon will soon be able to enter the Northwest Territories without self-isolating.

The chief public health officer announced the new exemptions in a press release on Wednesday morning.

“With a low number of cases, a successful vaccine roll-out and strong public health measures in place in both territories, now is an appropriate time to provide travellers from the Yukon the opportunity to be exempt from the requirement to self isolate for 14 days when entering the NWT,” says NWT Health Minister Julie Green, in a press release.

The change will come into effect once the ferry operations begin on the Dempster Highway.

Lesa Semmler, MLA for Inuvik-Twin Lakes, has been advocating for the NWT to establish a travel bubble with the Yukon for several months.

People entering the NWT from the Yukon will still need to submit a self isolation plan to protect NWT.

To be approved, the travellers must have been in the Yukon or NWT for the previous 14 days. They also must not be symptomatic, not have been named a contact of a person with COVID-19, not been in close contact with someone who has either travelled out of the Yukon in the past 14 days or is self-isolating.

This is the same process in place for travellers from Nunavut, the release says.

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