The following report comes from the release sent by The OCPHO
The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) is extending the temporary territory-wide gathering order until January 30, 2022. The Public Health Order is being extended to allow more time for COVID-19 cases in the NWT to decrease. According to modelling, the CPHO expects cases to peak in the territory in the next week.
This order enforces the following restrictions:
Households will be limited to no more than 10 people indoors at one time with a maximum
of five (5) non-household members allowed. Establishments that serve alcohol (ie: bars, lounges, restaurants) will be limited to six (6)people per table with no mingling of guests.
The following high-risk activities will be suspended and will not be considered for approval
by the OCPHO at this time, even if additional safety measures are applied.
• Playing of wind and brass instruments
• Traditional hand games
• Contact sports
• High-intensity fitness classes (gyms can remain open)
• Winter sports (ie: curling, hockey, figure and speed skating and broomball)
The following communities are currently seeing significant increases in cases as well as
community transmission. This means cases have not peaked and will likely continue to
• Fort Smith
Therefore, the following recommendations are being made for Inuvik and Fort Smith:
• Non-essential travel both within and outside the NWT is not recommended for residents.
• Employers allow employees to work from home, if possible.
• Schools switch to remote learning.
These recommendations are intended to limit interactions between employees, students
and residents to slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout the NWT. Slowing the spread can
help reduce the impact on services such as healthcare, education and critical infrastructure
like power water, sewer and transportation. Critical public safety and infrastructure support
who will require exemptions from isolation can contact [email protected]
These recommendations have been in place for other NWT communities that are now
seeing cases peak or decrease. Therefore, the above recommendations and being stood
down for the following communities beginning January 24:
• Fort Providence
• Hay River
• Yellowknife, including Ndilǫ and Dettah