Starting today, the Yukon government is lifting the requirement to wear a mask in public spaces and the requirement to show proof of vaccination to access designated settings for people who are 19 years of age or older.
Some settings, such as schools, long-term care centres, health facilities, shelters, group homes, the correctional centre and hospitals are still requiring Yukoners to wear a mask.
It’s strongly recommended that Yukoners continue to wear a mask, especially when risks are higher such as in crowded spaces, places where there is poor air ventilation and when those who are at risk of severe disease are present. Businesses and other venues can still request that people wear mask before entering a space.
Businesses and organizations can also continue to request that people show proof of vaccination to enter spaces. Government of Yukon issued Proof of Vaccination Credentials will continue to be available for people who are vaccinated. The Yukon’s Vaccine Verifier App is also still available for download. These are important tools to help individuals, businesses and organizations to make informed decisions to protect their staff and patrons.
When people go to gatherings, attend events or go to group activities it is important that they understand and assess their COVID-19 risk to help inform personal health decisions.
Vaccination remains the best protection against COVID-19. All eligible Yukoners are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated and receive a booster shot as soon as possible. Appointments can be booked online at Yukon.ca/this-is-our-shot.
The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health will continue to actively assess the risk levels in the territory associated with COVID-19 transmission and adjust recommendations as necessary.
I want to thank Yukoners for taking precautions and following public health measures over the last few months. We are fortunate to be in a position where we can lift public health measures As we return to more normal conditions, we must each continue to take steps to protect ourselves and those around us. Whether that means wearing a mask, keeping your social circles small or asking for proof of vaccination at a business place or event, it is important to respect each other’s choices. We need to support each other and continue to lift each other up with kindness and understanding.
Premier Sandy Silver
It is time for everyone to use their COVID sense as we ease restrictions and take personal measures to help protect ourselves and our loved ones. As we move away from restriction mandates we have to assess our COVID-19 risk and act accordingly. I ask that we all show kindness to one another and respect that we are all able to make choices for ourselves to protect us against COVID-19.
acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott