Social connections are important for our mental health and to reduce social isolation. New guidelines allow Yukoners to choose 1 other household to spend time with. In this new combined household people would not have to physically distance from each other.
To become a combined household under these new recommendations, both households must agree. These 2 households must distance with anyone outside of their new combined household. In the future this may extend to other numbers of households.
A household includes the people you live with. It can include:
- 1 person;
- parents, siblings, grandparents and children; or
- significant others who live in the same household together.
Combining with another household does not mean the threat of COVID-19 in Yukon is gone. If Yukon begins to see an increase in the number of cases, restrictions may return.
Within your 2-household bubble
If you're experiencing symptoms, self-isolate within your home. Let the others in your household know and phone 811.
Outside your 2-household bubble
- Keep at least 2 metres (6 feet) distance from people not in your household.
- Do not gather in groups of more than 10 indoors and no more than 50 outdoors.
Changing up your bubble?
Once you have chosen your 2-household bubble you cannot change this pairing. For example, do not alternate weeks with different households.
Choosing your bubble
How you choose another household is a personal choice and will be different for everyone. Important considerations include the different types of support families have available to them. A larger family unit may need to come together to decide what's best for individual family members. Many families include members who need extra support or are more at risk. Seniors, people with disabilities and young families will all have extra needs. A final decision may not reflect the degree of closeness people have with each other. It's important to acknowledge some disappointment at this phase. It's also important to remember that this arrangement is temporary.
Stay connected with friends and family
Yukoners have adapted to use other ways to stay connected. Phone calls, virtual services and letter writing have all expanded our social interactions. Scheduling alternate ways to socialize with people outside of your bubble can help.
Custody of children
Parents who share custody of their child or children can each choose another household to pair with.
It's all right if the number of people in your 2 households is more than 10. All households are different, but everyone must obey restrictions when you are in public.
What if someone is being tested for COVID-19?
If someone in your combined household is being tested for COVID-19 then, generally, only the person who’s being tested is required to self-isolate, rather than everyone in the combined household. It depends on the reason someone is being tested. It's important to follow the recommendation provided by public health. Find out how to self-isolate safely.
What if there's close contact with a person who has COVID-19?
Anyone in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 needs to self-isolate. A nurse will follow up to ensure all members of a household are able to self-isolate after exposure. Depending on the contact, you may need to check-in daily with public health to track your health.
What if your bubble is not safe?
If your bubble is not safe, or if you know of someone in your community who may be at risk, help is available. The Sexualized Assault Response Team at 1-844-967-7275 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the territory. They can connect you with a variety of supports and services. For more information, visit the mental health and wellness support during COVID-19 webpage.
Mental health supports are available. Contact the Canadian Mental Health Association Yukon and Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services for details. For more information, visit the mental health and wellness support during COVID-19 webpage.
If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the COVID-19 InfoLine at 1-877-374-0425 between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., 7 days a week. If you need self-isolation outside of these hours, an emergency contact number is provided on the voicemail. Visit yukon.ca/covid-19 for the most up-to-date information.