Information current as of

Friday, May 29, 2020 ‒ 10:20

Orders and directions: COVID-19

In a state of emergency and a public health emergency, the Minister for Community Services and the Chief Medical Officer of Health can make Orders as required. The Chief Medical Officer of Health can also issue directions, which are different from Orders. The key differences are:

Orders

Rules and requirements that are the law, and therefore legally enforceable. If someone violates an order, they may be charged. Charges under the Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) may include fines up to $500, up to 6 months in prison, or both. Charges under the Public Health and Safety Act (PHSA) may include fines of up to $5,000/day.

Read the list of all Ministerial Orders signed to date

Directions

Guidance, best practices and strong advice to limit the spread of the virus. Directions issued  should be followed to protect the health and safety of all Yukoners, especially the most vulnerable. Directions are not legally enforceable.

Orders issued to date

Entry into Yukon

Entry into Yukon is only permitted for the purpose of:

  • Travel to that person’s place of residence in Yukon;
  • Travel to stay with a family member who is a resident in Yukon, as defined in the Border Control Measures Order;
  • Delivering a critical or essential service in Yukon or the BC-Yukon Border areas, as defined in the Health Protection Order;
  • Transiting through Yukon to a neighbouring jurisdiction (24-hour limitation);
  • Exercising an Aboriginal or treaty right (for the time needed to exercise the right).

Upon entry into Yukon, individuals will be met by a CEMA enforcement officer. The individual must fill out and sign a declaration form that includes their name, address, contact information, recent travel history, purpose for travel to Yukon and a self-isolation plan.

All individuals arriving in Yukon must also declare whether they have any COVID-19 symptoms, which include cough, fever and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. If they begin to exhibit symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they must seek medical advice, including the 811 health line, and must comply with that advice.

If an individual is unable to provide acceptable evidence of the purpose of their entry into Yukon, or fails to comply with the directions to complete the required declarations at the border, the individual will be denied entry.

Appeal process

If a person is denied entry into Yukon, they may appeal the decision to the Minister of Community Services no later than five days after entry is refused. They must submit an appeal form by email to covid19enforcement@gov.yk.ca or in person to an enforcement officer. The appeal then goes to an appeals secretariat who will work with the Minister of Community Services to make a final decision. The Minister has the power to uphold the decision, to refuse the applicant entry to Yukon, or to reverse the decision and allow entry. The appeals secretariat will communicate the decision in writing to the individual that made the appeal.

Read information for people entering Yukon.
Download the Information for People Entering Yukon brochure.

Critical service provider accommodation

Critical service providers must self-isolate to the extent possible during this period when not delivering the critical service and follow the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Critical service providers are defined as those that are critical to preserving life, health and basic societal functioning, and include some health care sector workers, emergency services and some workers engaged in critical infrastructure.

Read critical services in Yukon during COVID-19 for further guidance on what services are included.

Transit exception

Individuals may transit through the Yukon as long as the transit is completed within 24 hours of their entry, and follow the fastest route to exit, as directed by the CEMA enforcement officers.

While in transit, the travellers must not stop for any unnecessary reasons. For example, if they need fuel, they should pay at the pump or if they must overnight in a hotel, they must self-isolate in their room. At all times, they must maintain physical distancing and follow the directions of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Traditional activities exception

A person who is Inuvialuk, Gwich’in, or a member of a Transboundary First Nation entering Yukon to exercise an Aboriginal or treaty right in that First Nation’s established or asserted traditional territory is not required to self-isolate for 14 days. They can only remain in Yukon for the purpose of exercising that right and must not enter into any Yukon community or the Eagle Plains Hotel.

Northern BC community exception

Atlin, Fireside, Pleasant Camp, Fraser and Jade City (“the Yukon-BC Border Area”) residents or those entering these areas from Yukon are not required to self-isolate after entering or re-entering Yukon unless they have gone outside of the Yukon or the Yukon BC-Yukon Border Area in the 14 days.

Self-isolation

Self-isolation means remaining in 1 location where it is safe to do so. This could be at home or another location, for 14 consecutive days. While in self-isolation, the individual must maintain physical distancing (two metres) from others, except members of the same household. Individuals may go outside for fresh air or to run an urgent errand, such as picking up medication, if there is no other person who can reasonably do so. While running the errand the individual must maintain physical distancing.

Mining or work camp workers must self-isolate in a place other than the mine or work camp for 14 days.

Find out how to self-isolate.

If you do not have a place where you can safely self-isolate, email covid19info@gov.yk.ca or phone toll free 1-877-374-0425.

If you need support while in self-isolation, such as picking up medication or groceries, call Emergency Support Services at 867-332-4587.

Gatherings

Gatherings of more than 10 people are banned.

Prohibited services

A number of services have been prohibited until further notice, including:

  • bars;
  • personal services, such as hair salons, barber shops, tattoo parlours, nail salons and massage therapy;
  • restaurants for seated service (take-out and delivery service exempted); and
  • non-urgent dental treatment.

Enforcement

The Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) enforcement officers have the duty and authority to enforce CEMA Orders and health emergency orders, under the direction of the Civil Emergency Planning Officer.

CEMA Enforcement Officers may only be selected from Government of Yukon officials with enforcement authorities under other Yukon government legislation, and have the powers of a peace officer. These currently include conservation officers, natural resource officers, SCAN officers and inspectors from the Yukon Liquor Corporation.

Schools

Education programs resumed on April 16 but in-person classroom instruction is suspended for the duration of the state of emergency.

Read continuing student learning at home.
Read information for public school staff.
Read information for public school students and families.

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Requirement to monitor and report communicable disease

Under the Public Health and Safety Act, anyone who believes or has reason to believe that they are infected with a communicable disease, including COVID-19, must notify as soon as possible the nearest health care provider and place themselves under their care. They must follow the health care provider’s treatment plan and advice.

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Federal quarantine measures

As of March 25, 2020, the Government of Canada requires mandatory 14-day self-isolation for everyone entering Canada. This applies even if the person does not have COVID-19 symptoms. Yukoners flying into Canada with symptoms must self-isolate at their arrival destination. Yukoners flying into Canada who do not have symptoms may travel home to the territory. Once there, they must then follow Yukon requirements and again self-isolate for 14 days.

Read updates from the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Learn more about the federal order making self-isolation mandatory for people arriving in Canada.

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Health directions

Health directions are communicated by the Chief Medical Officer of Health as strong advice, guidance and best practices. In addition to Orders, these directions contribute to keeping all Yukoners safe, especially our community’s Elders and vulnerable populations.

Travel to rural Yukon

In view of the need to protect remote areas with limited medical resources, Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly advises the suspension of any non-essential travel to Yukon’s rural communities, which includes all communities outside of Whitehorse.

When delivering any service in a rural community, workers and employers should follow the Direction and Guidelines for the Delivery of Critical, Essential and Other Services.

Read delivery of services guidelines: travel to rural communities.
Read guidelines for information sharing and engagement on provision of services in Yukon's rural communities in COVID-19.

Travel in and out of Yukon

In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to protect Yukon’s most vulnerable citizens, Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly advises the suspension of all non-essential travel into and out of Yukon.

Read COVID-19 travel information specifically for Yukoners.

Yukoners abroad

All Yukoners planning to return home are advised to return now.

Read travel information for Yukoners abroad.

Gatherings

Small outdoors gatherings of fewer than 10 people are okay if everyone can maintain social distancing, wash hands frequently and follow other hygiene measures. However, Yukoners should not attend any social gatherings, even those with fewer than 10 people if they:

  • have any flu-like symptoms at all; or
  • are over 65 years of age or have an underlying health condition.

Work from home

People who can work from home are requested to do so. Employers are asked to look for ways to support employees to work from home where possible.

Delivery of critical, essential and other services

When delivering critical, essential and other services, workers and employers should follow the Direction and Guidelines for the Delivery of Critical, Essential and Other Services.

Hospitals

Yukoners should not go to a hospital for a non-urgent service, treatment or exam at this time. The hospitals continue to provide urgent emergency care.

Visit the Yukon Hospital Corporation website for the latest information on visitation and accessing hospital services.

Childcare

  • Parents or caregivers who are able to keep their children home from spring break day camps, or daycare, are requested to do so.
  • Childcare programs are available to vulnerable children, and to critical or essential workers who are currently performing vital services. Yukoners whose occupations are not considered critical or essential are not permitted to use licensed childcare spaces at this time.

Read child care centres and family day homes.
Read child care information for Yukoners.

General hygiene practices

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water
  • Maintain a 2-metre distance from those not in your own household
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue
  • Report signs or symptoms of COVID-19 to a medical professional
  • If you're feeling sick, stay home and avoid contact with those in your household

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