The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer have updated the COVID-19 gathering order in Yellowknife, Ndilǫ and Dettah.
This amended order will come into effect at 11:59 p.m. tonight and will be extended to 11:59 p.m. on October 11th.
Schools, colleges and trade schools will continue to remain closed to in person learning for the duration of the order.
The revised order now means that households are no longer allowed to host visitors indoors and only the members within their household are allowed to gather indoors with a few exceptions.
Exemptions include single member households being able to bubble with one additional household; a caregiver providing care to an individual; and regularly scheduled childcare arrangements and respite needs.
Previously approved family reunifications are also exempt as well as persons responding to emergencies.
The timing of the order means it will be in place over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
All persons in Yellowknife, Dettah and Ndilǫ who have tested positive for COVID-19 are also now required to immediately isolate for a period of 10 days which begins at the time they receive a positive test result.
Yellowknife currently has 172 active cases, the highest it’s been since the beginning of the pandemic.