The state of emergency declared on March 27, 2020, in response to COVID-19 will end today at 11:59 p.m. as the Yukon continues to shift away from an emergency response to the pandemic and towards the ongoing reality of managing and living with the virus.
The state of emergency has been instrumental to the Government of Yukon’s pandemic response. It gave the government the tools needed to deploy resources to protect Yukoners, limit the spread of the virus and allow for a quick and effective response to the changing situation. As Yukoners listened to public health advice and did their part to protect one another, the government no longer needs a state of emergency in place to manage the impacts of COVID-19.
As outlined in Forging Ahead: The Yukon’s Continuing Response to COVID-19, the Government of Yukon will continue to support the public health system, respond to the advice of public health professionals and monitor the situation as it evolves. The Government of Yukon is increasing its efforts to protect vulnerable populations and remain focused on the wellbeing of Yukoners as the territory adjusts to the presence of COVID-19.
I thank all Yukoners across the territory for your extraordinary efforts and commitment to following public health advice and stopping the spread of COVID-19. It is through your actions that today we can announce our government will not be extending the state of emergency beyond August 25, 2021. We will continue to work with public health officials to monitor the situation closely in the Yukon and I encourage all of us to continue to follow the advice of our Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health and get vaccinated.
Minister of Community Services Richard Mostyn