Nunavut gov't eases public health measures in Kinngait

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Public health measures in Kinngait, Nunavut, are being eased now that it's been more than two weeks since the last case of COVID-19 in the community has recovered. There are eight active cases in the territory, all of them in Coral Harbour. (CBC - image credit)
Public health measures in Kinngait, Nunavut, are being eased now that it's been more than two weeks since the last case of COVID-19 in the community has recovered. There are eight active cases in the territory, all of them in Coral Harbour. (CBC - image credit)

Public health measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Kinngait, Nunavut, are being eased beginning Tuesday.

"It has been more than two weeks since the last active case of COVID-19 in Kinngait recovered and it is now safe to ease public health measures in the community," said Nunavut's chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson, in a news release.

Patterson quickly ordered increased public health measures in the community of about 1,500 on Sept. 19 after it reported two cases. It reported a third case two days later.

At the time, many Nunavut communities were reporting new cases, prompting Patterson to also issue a territory-wide mask order, which is still in effect.

Beginning Tuesday, the changes to the public health measures in Kinngait will include:

  • No limit to the number of people for outdoor gatherings.

  • Indoor gatherings in dwellings increase to 15 people, plus household members.

  • Indoor public gatherings, including places of worship, gyms, fitness centres, and swimming pools, are increased to 100 people or 75 per cent capacity, whichever is less.

  • Libraries and galleries may allow 25 people or 50 per cent capacity.

  • Public places may allow group tours, group workouts and singing.

  • Team sports may resume.

  • Restaurants and licensed establishments are restricted to 75 per cent capacity.

  • Group counselling sessions increase to 20 people.

  • Parks buildings may open.

  • Long-term care and elders' facilities may allow a maximum of two visitors per resident; masks mandatory for all visitors over age of four; only immediate family.

According to the territorial government's website, there are eight active cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut, all of them in Coral Harbour.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 674 confirmed cases in Nunavut. Of those, 662 have recovered, and four people have died.

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