General Assemblies during COVID-19

General Assemblies are essential to the governance of Yukon First Nations governments. They do not need to follow current COVID-19 social gathering restrictions of not more than 50 people outdoors and 10 people indoors.

While larger events create additional risks for the spread of COVID-19, it's possible to safely conduct an assembly by strictly following the:

  • safe spacing requirements; and
  • infection prevention and control measures.

Hosting assemblies outdoors where possible will help lower the risk of spreading COVID-19. If you host an assembly indoors, ensure attendees can maintain physical distancing.

Follow the Safe 6

Take the 6 steps to staying safe

Protecting vulnerable Citizens

We encourage Citizens who are ill, have underlying medical conditions or who are Elders to stay home.

They can attend virtually if this option is available.

Spacing requirements

While General Assemblies provide Citizens with an opportunity to visit and spend time with each other, we strongly encourage that people limit their physical interactions to members of the same household or combined household bubble.

  • Hold your assembly in a venue where the size and layout enable staff, volunteers and Citizens to maintain a safe space of 2 metres from each other at all times. 
  • Apply physical distancing rules to General Assemblies held outdoors as well as those held indoors. 
  • Discourage handshaking, hugging, touching and passing objects between people.

Voting

When you conduct a General Assembly vote, consider using a show of hands rather than a ballot vote if you can.

Hygiene, cleaning and disinfection

  • Provide access to handwashing facilities and place hand-sanitizing dispensers in prominent locations throughout the venue.
  • Provide additional washroom supplies such as tissues and lined waste containers.
  • Frequently clean high-touch surfaces such as tables, pens and pencils, door knobs, seating areas and counters.
  • Frequently clean and disinfect washrooms. 
  • Maintain physical distancing in washrooms and in washroom line-ups. 

Meals and food handling

Take the following precautions if you provide food or drink before, during or after a General Assembly.

  • Serve food and drink in pre-packaged or individual portions.
  • Do not share or pass around food and drink utensils and containers, such as coffee pots, snack bowls and water or milk pitchers.
  • People who are serving should not make physical contact with attendees while they're serving. 
  • People who are serving should wash or sanitize their hands immediately before and after serving.

Cultural activities and entertainment

We do not recommend singing as it's considered a high-risk activity. Infected people can spread the virus over greater distances through saliva or respiratory droplets.

Playing wind instruments such as the saxophone or trumpet may also increase the risk of spreading the virus due to airborne respiratory droplets.

We also do not recommend cultural activities such as hand games and dancing because it's difficult if not impossible to maintain proper physical distancing.

Operational plan

While we do not require an operational plan for a General Assembly, it may be helpful to complete a plan to ensure you've considered all aspects of planning your event safely. 

Find the planning template.

Additional guidelines

Use these Government of Yukon resources to help plan and conduct a General Assembly safely:

Contact: 

Find more information on COVID-19. If you have non-medical questions, email covid19info@gov.yk.ca or phone the COVID-19 toll-free InfoLine at 1-877-374-0425 between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., 7 days a week.