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Public health measures eased in Pond Inlet

03 December 2021

News Release

Public health measures eased in Pond Inlet

Iqaluit, Nunavut (December 3, 2021) – Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer, today announced the easing of public health measures in Pond Inlet.

“There have been no active cases of COVID-19 identified in Pond Inlet since the first case was confirmed and all high-risk contacts in the community have been off isolation for at least two weeks,” said Dr. Patterson. “It is now safe to ease restrictions. I encourage residents to continue following public health measures and remind everyone that masks continue to be mandatory in all Nunavut communities.”

Effective immediately:

  • No limit to Outdoor gatherings.
  • Indoor gatherings in dwellings are limited to 15 people, plus household members.
  • Indoor public gatherings, including conference spaces and community halls are limited to 100 people or 75% capacity.
  • Libraries, galleries including are limited to 25 people or 50 per cent capacity. Group tours limited to 25 people.
  • Gyms, fitness centres, are limited to 25 people or 50 per cent capacity, group sessions limited to 25 people
  • Places of worship are limited to 100 people or 75 per cent capacity, no singing.
  • Arenas are limited to 50 people or 50 per cent capacity and 50 spectators.
  • Restaurants and licensed establishments may open to 75 per cent capacity.
  • Group counselling sessions are limited to 20 people.
  • Long-term care and elders’ facilities may have two visitors per resident, masks mandatory. Immediate family only.

Anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms is advised to call the COVID hotline at
1-888-975-8601 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST, or notify their community health centre right away by telephone. Please do not go to the health centre in person.

COVID-19 vaccines are available to all Nunavummiut aged 5 and older. Contact your health centre to make an appointment. Iqaluit Public Health takes vaccine walk-ins for Pfizer (ages 5 to 11) Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours, Monday to Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from
10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

For all the latest information on COVID-19 in Nunavut, go to: https://www.gov.nu.ca/

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Media Contact:

Chris Puglia
A/Manager of Communications
Department of Health
867-975-5949
cpuglia@gov.nu.ca