The Government of Yukon is extending the state of emergency under the Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) for 90 days.
The state of emergency has facilitated the necessary speed and flexibility that has been central to the Government of Yukon’s response to COVID-19, including putting in place a number of ministerial orders that support the health, safety and economic wellbeing of Yukoners. Without the state of emergency, these ministerial orders would expire.
The Government of Yukon regularly evaluates the need for the state of emergency and ministerial orders issued under the Civil Emergency Measures Act and may repeal any that are no longer necessary to the current pandemic situation.
As long as the state of emergency is active, the Government of Yukon can adapt and react quickly to the impacts of the pandemic. However, it is important to note that extending the state of emergency does not indicate any change in the risk of COVID-19 to Yukoners.
It is equally important that Yukoners continue to diligently practice the Safe 6 plus 1. We have put crucial measures in place under the Civil Emergency Measures Act, and we know that Yukoners are ready and willing to protect themselves and their communities.
Minister of Community Services John Streicker
The extension of the state of emergency under the Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) for 90 days started on December 7, 2020.
Following the extension to the state of emergency, the Civil Emergency Measures School Council Elections (COVID-19) Order will be repealed, and the Civil Emergency Measures Social Assistance Regulation Override (COVID-19) Order is being repealed and replaced.
A full list of the orders and legislative changes made under the Civil Emergency Measures Act can be found on https://yukon.ca/en/health-and-wellness/covid-19-information/latest-updates-covid-19/legislation-changes-covid-19
While Yukoners wait for an effective treatment or vaccine, public health measures will remain in place to limit the risk of infection in Yukon.
All Yukoners can continue do their part in ensuring the health and safety of their family members, neighbours, and communities by practicing the Safe 6 plus 1.