Yukon's Chief Medical Officer of Health has strongly recommended against non-essential travel into and out of Yukon’s rural communities. This recommendation means avoiding any travel to, or from, any community located outside of Whitehorse for any reason other than:
- receiving or delivering critical services;
- seeking urgent medical attention; or
- returning home to self-isolate as directed by the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
It is recognized that travel by workers to Yukon’s rural communities to deliver critical services, essential services and non-essential services may occur.
The following guidance, along with the engagement process, applies to those providing any services in Yukon’s rural communities.
Entities providing any services should take all reasonable measures to prevent the risk of transmission of COVID-19 by a worker who provides services by:
- implementing a company-wide physical distancing policy for all workers requiring a minimum physical distance of 2 metres between workers and other people, including in vehicles;
- ensure compliance with the legal order to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people; increasing regularly scheduled cleaning with a disinfecting agent such as antimicrobial disposable wipes or a bleach solution;
- supporting and maintaining high levels of hand hygiene, ensuring that workers have access to hand hygiene products and are able to follow physical distancing rules;
- supporting rapid response for an essential worker who develops symptoms;
- requiring workers to self-declare to their superior and to 811 or their health care practitioner, if they have come in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 and to self-isolate if instructed by a health practitioner;
- requiring workers showing symptoms of COVID-19 to phone 811 or their health practitioner and self-isolate for 14 days until otherwise instructed by their health care provider or by Yukon Communicable Disease Control.
Workers providing services
- Self-monitor daily for signs and symptoms of illness, including taking a daily temperature.
- Follow protocols for infection prevention and control including diligent hand hygiene.
- Comply with the legal order to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.
- Avoid close contact with other workers while at work (for example, maintain a 2-metre separation and avoid shared spaces).
- Maintain 2-metre physical distancing when travelling to and from work and between shifts, including in vehicles.
- Not share personal items such as electronics, personal protective equipment, utensils, food or cigarettes and vaping devices.
- Reduce in-person encounters whenever possible.
- Self-isolate at home on days when not required at their workplace.
- Report to their superior and to 811 or their health care practitioner, if they have come in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 and to self-isolate if instructed by a health practitioner.
- Avoid any unnecessary public establishments or stops.
- If stops are unavoidable (for example, fueling), stay 2-metres away from others and depart as soon as possible.
- Plan their travel to their destination, ensuring they have sufficient gas, food and supplies so they don’t need to stop along the way.
For the mining, resource and construction sector, the adjustment to business practices and service delivery means making provisions for workers to remain in camps or in other designated accommodations (for example, hotels) and not visit or interact with others within rural communities.
When does the self-isolation take place?
Note that the legal order requires that the 14-day period of self-isolation be completed before a worker enters a camp. Read the interim guidelines for work camps.
Residents and others travelling in or out of rural communities for other purposes
Communities and residents should strive to limit their residents’ exposure to interactions with residents or visitors from Whitehorse, as far as practicable. This is because Whitehorse is the primary “point of entry” to the Yukon for visitors from other provinces, territories and countries. They may be more likely to be vectors for COVID-19 transmission.
Residents of communities outside of Whitehorse should attempt to organize delivery of grocery or supply orders or designate 1 or more residents to collect grocery or supply orders on behalf of others in order limit the opportunities for COVID-19 transmission in the vulnerable rural communities.
The Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Government of Yukon’s Emergency Measures Organization and the Minister of Community Services realize that these are extraordinary measures that may cause hardship for people, families, communities and businesses.
By carefully following the legal orders and th directions of the CMOH, Yukoners can each take responsibility and help to control of the spread of COVID-19 in Yukon.
We wish to thank you for carefully following the orders, recommendations and guidelines and for contributing to protecting Yukon from COVID-19.
Read the full Civil Emergency Measures Health Protection (COVID-19) Order.