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Friday, May 29, 2020 ‒ 10:20

Plan for lifting Yukon's COVID-19 restrictions

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

Where we're at: lifting COVID-19 restrictions 

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.


Principles of the plan

Personal responsibility for implementing the plan: your role in saving lives

Community engagement


About the plan: lifting Yukon's COVID-19 restrictions

This plan outlines the principles, public health criteria and indicators that will inform government decisions on readiness for the gradual lifting or re-introduction of public health measures. Because this pandemic is rapidly evolving and because so many of the actions Yukon takes will be informed by COVID-19 conditions in other provinces, territories and neighbouring jurisdictions, this Yukon Plan is a living document. Our aim is to continue preventing the introduction and spread of COVID-19 while balancing and addressing the many unintended social, economic and health consequences of existing restrictions.

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Principles of the plan

Accountability and transparency

The Government of Yukon will continue to be accountable, share data and monitor the impacts of public health measures through careful assessments. Protecting Yukoners by minimizing health risks and reducing social disruption will continue to be paramount and guide a gradual approach to loosening measures across each phase of the plan.

Evidence-based

Emerging scientific literature, public health monitoring data, and criteria developed by other Canadian jurisdictions will inform decisions to ease or reinstate measures based on risk assessments. Adaptability and proportionality Public health measures will be implemented, adapted, and relaxed based on the level of threat in a controlled and phased manner. This includes information on health system capacity, public health capacity, importation risk, and safety and economic needs that may change over time. Public health capacity for adequate testing, contact tracing, and case management will need to be maintained.

Sufficient health resources

Sufficient health system capacity to manage and treat cases will be required to protect front line workers and the public. Resources for acute care and testing, and supports for Yukoners required to self-isolate, are especially important in responding to any resurgence in COVID-19 infections.

Engagement and collaboration

Continued collaboration and frequent communication across all sectors and with community leaders, Yukon First Nations governments and the public will be key to ongoing success. Health and safety guidelines and plans for individuals, businesses and our health care system will be developed with input from partners. Yukoners will be encouraged to understand their essential role in helping to control the transmission of COVID-19 and will be provided with clear explanations underlying changing public health guidelines.

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Personal responsibility for implementing the plan: your role in saving lives

Every Yukoner has a part to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19. We’re reliant on one another to:

  • keep the pandemic at bay;
  • save lives; and
  • slowly reopen our society and economy.

It’s our own personal actions that will in large part determine whether we can move from our current state through the phases of this plan. There are 3 factors to keep in mind that will help us carry out this responsibility:

  • practise the 6 steps to staying safe;
  • look after others; and
  • look after ourselves.

Practise the 6 steps to staying safe

  • Physical distancing – keep 2 metres (6 feet) away from everyone who's not a member of your household.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol.
  • Stay home if you're feeling sick.
  • Don't gather in groups of more than 10 people and remember to keep 2 metres (6 feet) apart.
  • Limit travel to rural communities.
  • Self-isolate if you've just returned to the territory, or if you've been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

Look after others

We must look after each other as a community. This includes people who come to the territory from outside to help us by providing critical and essential services or support to family members.

Look after ourselves

Looking after our mental and physical health is part of how we should each respond to the pandemic. With all the change that COVID-19 has brought to our lives, the feeling that we are no longer in control and grieving for what we have lost is completely normal. Reaching out for mental health support is a sign of strength and courage, and will help us individually as well as those around us. Find mental health services available to support Yukoners.

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Community engagement

The fast pace of this emergency has demanded an agile and accelerated approach to decision making and interventions to save lives. 1 of the necessary criteria for moving between each phase of this plan is engagement with community leadership. We will continue to work closely with Yukon First Nations governments, community and local government leaders as we begin implementing and further refining this plan. As we move toward relaxing health measures and a gradual lifting of restrictions, we’re committed to involving and informing Yukon First Nations governments and all Yukon communities in the way forward. The goal is to ensure a high level of comfort, understanding and support for all public health strategies and decisions.

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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.