On July 13, 2020, in Nunavut, the government announced that it will be easing restrictions by:
- allowing licensed establishments to open with regular hours, effective July 20, 2020; and
- extending the Territory’s permissible common travel area to include Churchill, Manitoba.
On July 8, 2020, in Nunavut, the government issued new guidelines for non-residents wishing to enter the Territory for economic activities (e.g. prospecting or mineral exploration, academic research, lodge or cabin maintenance). The Chief Public Health Officer will assess entry requests for non-residents who wish to:
- transit or spend time in any hamlet, municipality, or populated area, subject to a 14-day isolation at one of the government’s isolation locations prior to entering the Territory; and
- enter remote or non-populated areas via private transportation without prior isolation, provided certain criteria are met.
On June 29, 2020, in Nunavut, the government announced that day camps and youth centres can resume operations, and that long-term care facilities can permit up to two immediate family member visitors for residents.
On June 29, 2020, the Nunavut Minister of Finance also announced the expansion of the Nunavut Essential Workers Wage Premium program to include employers in the following sectors:
- retail; and
- professional services.
Under the program, employers in eligible sectors may be eligible for a subsidized top-up of $5 per hour for employees earning less than $25 per hour.
On June 26, 2020, in Nunavut, the government announced that its COVID-19 media updates would be broadcast once a week starting June 29, 2020.
On June 22, 2020, in Nunavut, the government confirmed that restaurants, bars, hairdressers, personal service providers, churches, and theatres are permitted to reopen. Regular medical travel to Churchill, Manitoba is permitted without the need for isolation upon return.
On June 15, 2020, in Nunavut, the government announced the following information on the next phases of its reopening plan:
- on June 22, 2020, the following will be permitted to reopen:
- personal service providers (e.g. hairdressers) for one-on-one sessions;
- bars and restaurants, at half capacity;
- theatres; and
- on June 29, 2020, youth centres and day camps will be permitted to reopen.
On June 13-14, 2020, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut agreed to form a two-Territory travel bubble in order to allow their residents to travel between both Territories without having to self-isolate.
On June 8, 2020, in Nunavut, the government confirmed that all travellers (with some exemptions) must stay at a designated facility for a 14-day isolation period prior to entering the Territory, and implemented a new process to reserve a stay:
- all Nunavummiut who must travel outside of the Territory are asked to send an Isolation Reservation Request Form to the email address [email protected]; and
- all individuals who are applying for critical worker exemption are invited to contact the email address [email protected].
On June 4, 2020, the Nunavut government stated that critical workers may be exempted from isolation. Critical workers are invited to submit a Critical Worker Exemption Form to the Chief Public Health Officer to obtain the required authorization.
On June 1, 2020, in Nunavut, the government started to implement its reopening plan. As of June 1, 2020, day cares, territorial parks, and playgrounds are permitted to reopen, the size limit for outdoor gatherings has increased to 25 individuals, and in-Territory travel advisories are lifted. The expected next phases of the reopening of Nunavut are:
On June 8, 2020:
- reopening workplaces and retail outlets, provided that safety measures are in place;
- reopening galleries, museums, and libraries for individual viewing and browsing only; and
- increasing in-person health assessments at health centres across the Territory;
On June 15, 2020:
- reopening dental clinics and physiotherapy clinics;
- permitting massage therapy and chiropractic treatments; and
- reopening gyms and pools for individual activities.
As of June 1, 2020:
- daycares will be permitted to open up for regular business;
- the size limit for outdoor gatherings will increase to 25 people;
- territorial parks will be allowed to open for outdoor activities only, if local circumstances permit. All park buildings will remain closed; and
- municipal playgrounds will be allowed to open, if local circumstances permit.
Moving forward, the government will assess the situation every 2 weeks and decide which measures can be eased, maintained or if additional restrictions are needed. Travel restrictions are expected to remain in place.
Previously published: With respect to reopening plans, the government stated that it will consider relaxing current restrictions when:
- the territory has succeeded in achieving in-territory diagnostic capacity;
- there are decreasing rates of COVID-19 in the southern jurisdictions to which Nunavummiut most often travel; and
- there are no active cases of COVID-19 within the territory.