Public health mandates end March 1, all restrictions by April

Dr. Kami Kandola addresses media in a bi-weekly COVID-19 briefing at the Legislative Assembly on Feb. 17. (Mariah Caruso/CKLB)

The territorial government is preparing for a slow return to normal as changes to public health orders come into effect this week.

Vaccine mandates for businesses, self-isolation requirements and gathering restrictions will end as of March 1.

Residents will no longer be required to isolate after travel, including those who are not vaccinated. Although travellers will still be expected to submit a Self-Isolation Plan (SIP) before arrival.

These records will ensure symptom checks are ongoing for all travellers entering the territory. Those who contract COVID-19 will still need to isolate, alongside housemates.

According to a press release, these changes will help health authorities “understand where the greatest risk of COVID importation exists.”

The Public Health Emergency is expected to end April 1. with all Public Health mandates following suit.

“In preparation of ending all Public Health Orders, we must recognize that this is not the ending of COVID-19. Public health will implement thorough recommendations to keep people safe and reserve clinical services for people at higher risk,” says Dr. Kami Kandola,  Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO).

Although public health orders will be rescinded over the coming months, the CPHO will still be closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing recommendations.

Changes to the GNWT Vaccination Policy can be expected as well.

Beginning in March, proof of vaccination, testing and personal protective equipment will only be required of employees who serve vulnerable sectors. Such as teachers, correctional officers, and all healthcare professionals.

The GNWT reported 508 active cases of COVID-19 as of Friday evening, with a total of 19 COVID-related deaths.

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