Civil Emergency Measures Act ministerial authorizations and directives

Minister of Community Services

May 25, 2021: Ministerial authorization for end of year school events. 

Any school in Yukon can hold an end of year event exceeding the current organized gathering numbers as long as the plan for a school’s event is approved by the COVID Response Unit. The event must: 

  • not exceed 500 attendees; 
  • allow for physical distancing; and
  • require attendees to wear masks. 

Read the ministerial authorization for end of year school events. 

May 25, 2021: Ministerial authorization for gatherings of up to 200 people

Social gatherings

Indoors

Up to 20 people can gather with 2-metre (6-feet) physical distancing.

Outdoors

Up to 100 people can gather with 2-metre (6-feet) physical distancing.

Organized gatherings

Up to 200 people with 2-metre (6-feet) physical distancing.

Read the ministerial authorization for gatherings of up to 200 people. 

May 25, 2021: Ministerial authorization for bars to re-open to 100 per cent capacity

As of May 25, 2021, bars can repoen to 100 per cent capacity, as long as they:

  1. have an approved Operational Plan related to COVID-19; and
  2. they follow the guidelines set out by the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Read the ministerial authorization for bars to re-open to 100 per cent capacity.

May 25, 2021: Ministerial authorization for restaurants to offer dine-in service at 100 per cent capacity

As of May 25, 2021,  restaurants can offer dine-in service at 100 per cent capacity, as long as they:

  1. have an approved Operational Plan related to COVID-19; and
  2. they follow the guidelines set out by the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Read the ministerial authorization for restaurants to offer dine-in service at 100 per cent capacity. 

April 29, 2021: Ministerial Directive for limited exemption to self-isolation requirements

People are allowed to temporarily leave their self-isolation to get vaccinated as long as they:

  • have a valid health-care card from Yukon or another Canadian jurisdiction;
  • live permanently in Canada;
  • are not quarantining under federal law; and
  • are getting an authorized COVID-19 vaccination from the Government of Yukon.

Also, they:

  • can only leave their self-isolation for the amount of time necessary to get vaccinated;
  • must not interact with other people for any other reason than getting their vaccine; and
  • can only be closer than 2 metres to anyone else when it’s necessary for getting their vaccine.

Read the Ministerial Directive for limited exemption to self-isolation requirements.

November 19, 2020: Ministerial Directives for self-isolation requirements

Anyone who enters Yukon after 5 p.m. on November 20, 2020, is required to self-isolate for 14 days. This includes residents of Yukon, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Workers delivering critical services may enter Yukon to provide these services. They must self-isolate to the extent possible and follow the direction of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Residents of communities in the BC-Yukon Border Areas, as defined in Section 4(1) of the Health Protection Ordercan enter Yukon without self-isolating if they have not travelled to the rest of British Columbia or other parts of Canada in the previous 14 days.

Read the Ministerial Directive for self-isolation requirements.

August 4, 2020: Ministerial authorization for organized gatherings of up to 100 people

Organized, seated events occurring in a rental or public facility or venue are permitted with up to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. This grants approval for gatherings that would otherwise not be permitted under section 5 of the Civil Emergency Measures Health Protection (COVID-19) Order. Public health recommendations regarding physical distancing remain in place.

Read the ministerial authorization for organized gatherings of up to 100 people as of August 4, 2020

June 30, 2020: Ministerial Directives for exemption to self-isolation requirements (rescinded on November 20, 2020)

Anyone who enters Yukon on or after July 1, 2020, does not have to self-isolate if: 

  • they're a resident of Yukon, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories or Nunavut; and
  • have been present only in Yukon, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories or Nunavut during the 14-day period immediately before their entry into Yukon.

Read the Ministerial Directives re: Exemption to Self-Isolation Requirements.

Update

These directives were rescinded on November 20, 2020. Everyone entering Yukon must self-isolate for 14 days.

June 18, 2020: Ministerial authorization for outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people

Outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people will be allowed as of July 1, 2020. This grants approval for gatherings that would otherwise not be permitted under section 5 of the Civil Emergency Measures Health Protection (COVID-19) Order. Public health recommendations regarding physical distancing remain in place.

Read the ministerial authorization for outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people

June 18, 2020: Ministerial authorization for bars to re-open

As of June 19, 2020, every owner or manager of, or employee who works at, licensed premises (under a liquor primary licence), within the meaning of the Liquor Act, may reopen those licensed premises for the purposes stated in the licence. They must take these steps:

  1. They develop an Operational Plan related to COVID-19.
  2. They submit that Operational Plan to the Health Emergency Operation Centre.
  3. The Health Emergency Operation Centre approves the Operational Plan. 
  4. The establishment and its employees follow the guidelines set out by the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Read the ministerial authorization for bars to re-open

June 16, 2020: Ministerial authorization to resume non-emergency dental practice 

Effective July 1, 2020, every dentist or other person regulated by the Dental Profession Act, and every employee who works for a dentist in the practice of dentistry, may resume regular dental care treatments.

Such treatments must follow guidance issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health and/or the Registrar of Dental Professions.

Read the ministerial authorization to resume non-emergency dental practice

May 29, 2020: Ministerial authorization for urgent dental care and orthodontic treatment 

This has been replaced by the June 16, 2020 Ministerial Authorization to resume non-emergency dental practice, listed above.

Every dentist or other person regulated by the Dental Profession Act, and every employee who works for a dentist in the practice of dentistry, may resume treatments for:

  • urgent dental care; and
  • orthodontic care of existing patients.

Such treatments must follow guidance issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health and/or the Registrar of Dental Professions.

Non-emergency dental procedures continue to be restricted. 

Read the ministerial authorization for urgent dental care and orthodontic treatment

May 27, 2020: Ministerial authorization for personal services establishments

Personal service establishments may be open and operate. They must take these steps. 

  1. They develop an Operational Plan related to COVID-19.
  2. They submit that Operational Plan to the Health Emergency Operation Centre.
  3. The Health Emergency Operation Centre approves the Operational Plan.
  4. The establishment and its employees follow the guidelines set out by the Chief Medical Officer of Health. 

Read the ministerial authorization for personal services establishments

May 27, 2020: Ministerial authorization for restaurant to offer dine-in service

Every owner or manager of, or employee who works at, a restaurant, cafe or other eating or drinking place, within the meaning of the Eating or Drinking Places Regulations, may offer dine-in services, as long as they take these steps.  

  1. They develop an Operational Plan related to COVID-19.
  2. They submit that Operational Plan to the Health Emergency Operation Centre.
  3. The Health Emergency Operation Centre approves the Operational Plan. 
  4. The establishment and its employees follow the guidelines set out by the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Read the ministerial authorization for restaurants to offer dine-in service

Reason for changes:

To empower the commercial, government and social sectors to reopen or continue operating safely, protecting the health of employees returning to work and members of the public receiving services.