Yukoners recommended to cancel or postpone all international non-essential travel

On the advice of the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Brendan Hanley, is advising all Yukoners to cancel or postpone all non-essential travel outside of Canada, including the United States.

As of today, there are still no cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Yukon. If Yukoners avoid non-essential international travel this may help slow the introduction of the virus to Yukon.

Yukoners should avoid contact with others and phone 811 or Yukon Communicable Disease Control if they have a cough, fever or difficulty breathing and in the 14 days before their symptoms started, have:

  • travelled outside of Canada; or
  • lived with, or provided direct care to a person who is a probable or confirmed case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19); or
  • lived with, or provided direct care to, a person with acute respiratory illness who has recently travelled outside of Canada.

Yukon Communicable Disease Control can be reached at 867-667-8323 or 1-800-661-0408 ext 8323.

For more information and the latest travel updates from the Government of Canada visit travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories.

While we recognize cancelling or delaying international travel is an inconvenience and disappointment for many, taking this action now will help delay the introduction and spread of the virus, and help protect those who are most vulnerable from COVID-19, which is the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions. Now is the time to pull together and prepare for COVID-19. By working together, we can overcome this virus.

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley

Contact 

Brendan Hanley
Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health
867- 456-6136
brendan.hanley@gov.yk.ca

News release #: 
20-056