Masks no longer mandatory in public places in Behchokǫ̀, Ndilǫ, Dettah and Yellowknife

Dr. Kami Kandola addresses reporters at the Legislative Assembly. (Photo by Luke Carroll/ CKLB Radio.)Dr. Kami Kandola addresses reporters at the Legislative Assembly in April 2021. (Luke Carroll/ CKLB Radio)

Dr. Kami Kandola, chief public health officer, has removed her orders of mandatory masking in indoor public spaces for Behchokǫ̀, Ndilǫ, Dettah and Yellowknife.

The order had been in place since May 17, around the time the COVID-19 outbreak related to N.J. Macpherson School.

Kandola declared that outbreak to be over on June 14.

“The order requiring mandatory masking in indoor public spaces in these four communities was kept in place an additional two weeks as an extra measure until the school year was over to help prevent the spread of the virus and keep our communities healthy and safe,” reads a news release.

While masking up is no longer mandatory, the chief public health officer is recommending wearing one when required by businesses, when in crowded spaces, or spaces with poor ventilation.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis has been a general news reporter with CKLB since January 2019. Originally from rural Ontario, he first came to the NWT in 2016 as an intern with Up Here magazine and fell in love with the North. In his time with CKLB, he's had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures. Otherwise, you can find him hanging around the Legislative Assembly. If you have a story or want to chat, reach out to