Travellers from Nunavut to be offered self isolation exemptions

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Self isolation exemptions are now being considered for travellers from Nunavut who are arriving or plan to arrive in the NWT.

Travellers will still need to submit a self-isolation plan and exemption request through ProtectNWT and must receive an approved exemption letter from the Chief Public Health Officer before they can be exempt from self-isolation.

Julie Green, Minister of Health and Social Services says as they continue the rollout of vaccinations and more NWT residents build up immunity to COVID-19, the NWT will continue looking at ways to expand the bubble across the North.

“Considering exemptions for travelers from Nunavut arriving in the NWT is an important step in this process as we gradually and safely emerge from this pandemic.”

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Anyone who has already arrived in the NWT from Nunavut and is already self-isolating can also apply for a retroactive exemption. If it is approved by the CPHO, that person would no longer have to self-isolate.

Household members of a traveler with an exemption from self-isolation will also be exempt and not need to self-isolate.

They will not be eligible for an exemption if they are coming from a community with travel restrictions in place, if they are coming from a community experiencing community spread and if they are coming from a closed camp or work site that has out-of-territory workers.

Travelers applying for an exemption must have been in Nunavut or the NWT for at least the past 14 days.

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