A new Border Control Measures Order to strengthen enforcement at all Yukon borders during the COVID-19 emergency is now in force.
Minister of Community Services John Streicker signed the Ministerial Order under the Civil Emergency Measures Act as a means to ensure that enforcement officers stationed at Yukon’s borders have the legal authority and tools needed to deny entry to non-essential travellers while still permitting essential and critical services and people to return home.
The new orders specify whom and under what circumstances entry will be permitted and require travellers entering Yukon to produce appropriate identification, documentation and a detailed self-isolation plan.
These orders will not impact the delivery of critical and essential services, or the ability of people to transit through Yukon to another destination within 24 hours. Access to Yukon will need to be justified, based on purpose of travel, and the ability to meet requirements set by Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Entry into Yukon is permitted for individuals providing acceptable evidence to an enforcement officer that they are:
- Yukon residents
- Non-resident family members of Yukon residents
- Delivering a critical or essential service
- Transiting through Yukon to a neighbouring jurisdiction (24-hour limitation)
- Exercising an Aboriginal or treaty right (for the time needed to exercise the right)