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Phase 1 restart: plan for lifting COVID-19 restrictions

About the plan Phase 1 restart Phase 2 recover Phase 3 new normal

We'll monitor and evaluate the situation to determine when it's safe to enter a new phase. Circumstance may arise that will require us to reinstate public health measures.

Download A path forward: Yukon’s plan for lifting COVID-19 restrictions. Find health and safety guidelines and recommendations for businesses and services.


Overview of Phase 1 restart: current status

Aim

  • Gradually loosen public health measures while keeping public health and workplace safety the top priority
  • Continue empowering 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

Emergency orders and public health measures to protect Yukoners

  • Borders will remain closed to non-essential travel, with few exceptions.
  • Restrictions on travel within the territory are eased based on public health data and surveillance and discussions with communities.
  • Physical distancing measures continue but will allow contact between 2 households.

Businesses and services

  • Personal care services, bars and dine-in restaurants cannot operate until the Chief Medical Officer of Health lifts the Orders, guidelines are published and operational plans are approved:
    • strict infection prevention and control measures are required.
  • Restrictions may be eased for indoor public recreation centres and libraries based on public health assessment:
    • strict infection prevention and control measures and an operating plan will be required.
  • Yukon territorial campgrounds are open following public health guidance starting June 4, 2020.
  • Hospitals will begin offering non-urgent and routine services.
  • Measures may be eased for funerals and religious services based on public health assessment

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 Criteria for transitioning between phases

Community engagement

  • Communities are able to comply with public health guidelines and Orders
  • Initial and ongoing engagement with community leaders

Preventative measures

Guidelines for retail businesses, allied health professionals are available and other are developed on an as needed basis


Public health capacity

  • Continued capacity to contact trace
  • Maintain testing turn around time

Importation risk

Downward trend in epidemiology of COVID-19 in Canada with focus on Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Alaska and Alberta
Monitor data from border screening from point of entry
Sufficient space to self-isolate is available


Health system capacity

  • Adequate personal protective equipment supply, ventilators, intensive care unit capacity, staffing
  • Continued low to none cases hospitalized
  • Downward trend in COVID-like respiratory illness compared to normal seasonal trends
  • Addressing backlog of suspended services while still maintaining capacity for potential surge in cases

Virus spread and containment

Limited number of imported cases, limited number of clusters with known source and limited chains of transmission.

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Public measures for phased re-opening

Business and services

Retail and services

  • Open with public health measures.
  • Every business must complete an operational plan

Accommodations

Open with enhanced hygiene including increased environmental cleaning and public health measures

For example:

  • Hotel
  • Wilderness lodge
  • B&B
  • Hostel
  • Short-term rental

Personal care services 

Cannot operate until:

  • the CMOH lifts the Order;
  • guidelines are published; and
  • an operational plan is approved.

Strict infection prevention and control measures are required.

For example:

  • Hair salons and barber shops
  • Tattoo parlours
  • Nail salons
  • Manicurist
  • Pedicurist
  • Tanning parlour
  • Massage parlour

Fitness studios

Open with public health measures 

For example:

  • Gyms
  • Yoga studios

Restaurants, food trucks and carts

  • Restaurants with take-out and delivery only, can continue operating, but are required to submit an operational plan.
  • Dine-in restaurants cannot operate until the CMOH lifts the Order, guidelines are published and an operational plan is approved.
  • Food trucks can reopen after passing an inspection by Environmental Health Services.
  • Strict infection prevention and control measures are required for all restaurants including food trucks and carts.

Bars

Selling liquor primary

Cannot operate until:

  • the CMOH lifts the Order;
  • guidelines are published; and
  • an operational plan is approved.

Strict infection prevention and control measures are required.

Mining, manufacturing, and other industry including work camps

Open with infection prevention measures in place, self-isolation away from camps for workers coming from out of territory.

Construction

Open with public health measures

Agriculture and forestry

Open with public health measures

Food processing

Open with public health measures

For example:

  • Abattoir
  • Butcher

Outfitters

Open with public health measures

Funerals

Measures may be eased based on public health assessment

Religious services

Measures may be eased based on public health assessment. Refer to measures for gatherings.

Tourist attractions

  • Open with public health measures
  • Every business must complete an operational plan

Guided tourism experiences, wilderness guiding

  • Open with public health measures
  • Every business must complete an operational plan

In-territory transportation

Open with public health measures and every business must complete an operational plan.

For example:

  • Scheduled air carriers
  • Charter air services
  • Car rental
  • RV rental
  • Van and motorcoach tours

Education and child care

Daycares, day homes and day camps

Restrictions eased with adherence to public health guidance

Overnight camps

Closed

Elementary schools

Face-to-face classes suspended

Secondary schools

Face-to-face classes suspended

Yukon University

Face-to-face classes suspended


Health care

Non-urgent medical procedures

Non-urgent and routine services re-open. Health care delivery to continue virtually where possible and feasible.

Elective surgeries

Hospitals to begin offering non-urgent and scheduled surgeries, other health care services

Hospital visitors

To be determined based on consultation with Yukon Hospital Corporation.

Diagnostic testing

Non-urgent and scheduled testing and other health care services resume

For example:

  • X-ray testing
  • Laboratories
  • Ultrasounds

Dental care

Restrictions may be eased based on public health assessment.

Allied health

Open with public health guidance for allied professionals

For example:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Optometrists
  • Registered massage therapists

Group-living environments

Long-term care facilities

To be determined with consultation of Continuing Care team.

Other congregate-living environments

Restrictions on access and protective measures in place and follow communal living guidelines

For example.

  • Group homes
  • Shelters for the homeless
  • Correctional facilities

Physical distancing and hygiene

Handwashing and hygiene

Practising good hygiene, for example hand hygiene, avoid touching face, respiratory etiquette, disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Physical distancing

Combined household units:

  • Maximum 10 people total
  • Up to 2 households in a household bubble

See physical distancing guidance for details. Otherwise, maintain 2-metre (6-foot) distance outside of combined household units.

Gatherings with physical distancing

  • 10 or less
  • Elders and seniors and those with underlying medical conditions may choose not to attend gatherings

Recreation and entertainment

Entertainment venues

Risk assessment will guide opening of entertainment venues. Strict infection prevention and control measures and an operating plan will be required.

For example:

  • Theatre
  • Cinema
  • Casino
  • Bingo hall
  • Museum
  • Cultural centre

Indoor public recreation centres and libraries

Restrictions may be eased based on public health assessment. Strict infection prevention and control measures and an operating plan will be required.

Farmers’ markets

Open with public health guidance

Outdoor spaces

Refer to measures for gatherings.

Outdoor recreation facilities

Permitted for activities where physical distancing can be easily maintained (for example, low- or no-contact sports or activities) with public health measures

For example:

  • Sports fields
  • Golf courses
  • Tennis courts

Yukon territorial campgrounds

Open with public health guidance starting June 4

Fishing and hunting

Permitted


Travel

Borders

Closed to non-essential travel and non-residents with few exceptions.
Mandatory 14-day self-isolation

Travel within Yukon

Travel directions eased based on public health data and surveillance and discussions with communities.

Transportation

Allowed with public health measures

For example:

  • Taxi
  • Shuttle
  • Buses
  • Public transit
  • School bus

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Contact: 

If you have a question phone toll-free 1-877-374-0425 or email covid19info@gov.yk.ca. Find the most up-to-date information.