High vaccination rates means crowds of up to 200 in Yukon as COVID risk drops

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WHITEHORSE — Yukon residents can begin gathering in crowds of up to 200 people indoors and outdoors, provided physical distancing is in place, as the territory outlined its reopening plans.

The government says it is able to partially lift health restrictions due to the high uptake in COVID-19 vaccinations.

Starting May 25, fully vaccinated people won't need to isolate for two weeks when they travel to Yukon, social bubbles will increase to 20 people, bars and restaurants can return to full capacity, and weddings, funerals and religious services can increase to 200 people with physical distancing.

The territory says about 76 per cent of eligible residents had received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and the percentage for those who have received a second shot is closing in on the same figure.

The territory says in a statement that Yukon leads the country in vaccinations and youth aged 12 to 17 will be able to start getting their shots on May 31.

Premier Sandy Silver says Yukon has made great progress with its vaccination campaign since January and the risks of spreading COVID are much lower than just a few weeks ago.

"I believe that based on our current risk levels, we can support the easing of some public health measures while ensuring the well-being and safety of Yukoners remains top of mind."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 21, 2021.

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