Nunavut prepares for territory-wide COVID-19 lockdown

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Nunavut’s chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson, announced today

that the entire territory will go into a mandatory lockdown starting on

Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Nunavut’s COVID-19 caseload climbed to 26 on Monday from 18.

Patterson announced the lockdown on Monday as an effort to stop the virus

from spreading any more than it has.

Non-essential services, businesses and organizations must close, and people

must work from home if they are able to.

Patterson recommends Nunavummiut wear masks in public places and when

physical distancing is not possible. Masks are mandatory in the Kivalliq

region and Sanikiluaq.

Non-essential travel is not recommended. Schools are closed and students

will learn either online or through their take-home learning packages, or


Daycares will be closed to everyone except children of essential workers.

Restrictions on private gatherings remain the same–outdoor gatherings of

more than five people are not allowed, and a maximum of five people are

allowed in dwellings, in addition to members of the household.

All recreation facilities are closed, and sporting activities and events are


Restaurants are takeout only and bars are closed.

Businesses that offer personal services such as hair cuts and massages are


Health centres and the Qikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit are closed except

for emergency services.

Meagan Deuling, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Nunatsiaq News