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Phase 2 recover: plan for lifting COVID-19 restrictions

About the plan Phase 1 restart Phase 2 recover Phase 3 new normal

We'll monitor and evaluate the situation to determine when it's safe to enter a new phase. Circumstance may arise that will require us to reinstate public health measures.

Download A path forward: Yukon’s plan for lifting COVID-19 restrictions. Find health and safety guidelines and recommendations for businesses and services.


Overview of Phase 2: recover

Aim

  • Continue opening personal care, health care, and recreation services.
  • Monitor migration, number of travel cases and case contacts in preparation for easing border control measures in Phase 3 and slowly establishing the new normal for Yukoners.

Emergency orders and public health measures to protect Yukoners

  • Borders remain closed to non-essential travel, with some exceptions.
  • Outdoor gatherings of 50 or less may be permitted provided there is sufficient capacity to maintain physical distancing.

Businesses and services

Overnight summer camps for children may be permitted, based on public health assessment

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Criteria for transitioning between phases

Community engagement

  • Communities are able to comply with public health guidelines and Orders
  • Ongoing engagement with community leaders

Preventative measures

  • Published guidelines are implemented and adhered to
  • Following existing public health measures to ensure safety of staff and clients

Public health capacity

  • Continued capacity to contact trace
  • Maintain testing turn around time

Importation risk

  • Downward trend in epidemiology of COVID in Canada with focus on Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Alaska and Alberta
  • Monitor data from border screening from point of entry
  • Sufficient space to self-isolate is available

Health system capacity

  • Adequate personal protective equipment supply, ventilators, intensive care unit capacity, staffing
  • Continued low to none cases hospitalized
  • Downward trend in COVID-like respiratory illness compared to normal seasonal trends
  • Addressing backlog of suspended services while still maintaining capacity for potential surge in cases

Virus spread and containment

Limited number of imported cases, limited number of clusters with known source and limited chains of transmission.

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Public measures for phased re-opening

Travel

Borders

  • Closed to non-essential travel and non-residents with some exceptions.
  • Mandatory 14-day self-isolation.

Travel within Yukon

Travel directions eased based on public health data and surveillance and discussions with communities.

Transportation

Allowed with public health measures


Physical distancing and hygiene

Handwashing

Practicing good hygiene, e.g. hand hygiene, avoid touching face, respiratory etiquette, disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Physical distancing

  • Combined household units
    • Maximum 10 people total
    • Up to two households in a household bubble
  • Otherwise, maintain two metre distance outside of combined household units

Gatherings with physical distancing

50or less for outdoor gatherings and 10 or less for indoor gatherings, provided that there is sufficient capacity to maintain physical distancing.


Businesses and services

Retail and services

  • Open with public health measures.
  • Every business must complete an operational plan.

Accommodations

Open with enhanced hygiene including increased environmental cleaning and public health measures

  • Hotel
  • Wilderness lodge
  • B&B
  • Hostel
  • Short-term rental

Personal care services

Cannot operate until:

  • the CMOH lifts the Order;
  • guidelines are published; and
  • an operational plan is approved.

Strict infection prevention and control measures are required.

  • Hair salons and barber shops
  • Tattoo parlours
  • Nail salons
  • Manicurist
  • Pedicurist
  • Tanning parlour
  • Massage parlour

Fitness studios

Open with public health measures may be eased based on public health data.

  • Gyms
  • Yoga studios

Bars

Selling liquor primary

Restrictions may be eased based on public health assessment.

Restaurants, including food trucks and carts

  • Restaurants with takeout and delivery only, can continue operating, but are required to submit an operational plan.
  • Dine-in restaurants cannot operate until the CMOH lifts the Order, guidelines are published and an operational plan is approved.
  • Food trucks can reopen after passing an inspection by Environmental Health Services.
  • Strict infection prevention and control measures are required for all restaurants including food trucks and carts.

Mining, manufacturing, and other industry including work camps

Open with infection prevention measures in place, self-isolation away from camps for workers coming from out-of-territory

Construction

Open with public health measures 

Agriculture and forestry

Open with public health measures 

Food processing

Open with public health measures 

  • Abattoir
  • Butcher

Outfitters

Open with public health measures 

Funerals

Measures may be eased based on public health assessment

Religious services

Measures may be eased based on public health assessment. Refer to measures for gatherings above.

Tourist attractions

  • Open with public health measure. 
  • Every business must complete an operational plan.

Guided tourism experiences

  • Open with public health measure. 
  • Every business must complete an operational plan.

In-territory transportation

Open with public health measures and every business must complete an operational plan.

  • Scheduled air carriers
  • Charter air services
  • Car rental
  • RV rental
  • Van and motorcoach tours

Health care

Non-urgent medical procedures

Non-urgent and routine services re-open. Health care delivery to continue virtually where possible and feasible

Elective surgeries

Hospitals to begin offering non-urgent and scheduled surgeries, other health care services

Hospital visitors

To be determined based on consultation with Yukon Hospital Corporation

Diagnostic testing

Non-urgent and scheduled testing and other health care services resume

  • X-ray testing
  • Laboratories
  • Ultrasounds

Dental care

Restrictions may be eased based on public health assessment

Allied health

Open with public health guidance for allied professionals

  • Physiotherapy
  • Optometrists
  • Registered massage therapists

Recreation and entertainment

Entertainment venues

Risk assessment will guide opening of entertainment venues. Strict infection prevention and control measures and an operating plan will be required.

  • Theatre
  • Cinema
  • Casino
  • Bingo hall
  • Museum
  • Cultural centre

Indoor public recreation centres and libraries

Restrictions may be eased based on public health assessment. Strict infection prevention and control measures and an operating plan will be required.

Farmers’ markets

Open with public health guidance

Outdoor spaces

Refer to measures for gatherings.

Outdoor recreation facilities

Permitted for activities where physical distancing can be easily maintained (for example, low- or no-contact sports or activities) with public health measures

  • Sports fields
  • Golf courses
  • Tennis courts

Yukon territorial campgrounds

Open with public health guidance starting June 4

Fishing and hunting

Permitted


Group living and environments

Long-term care facilities

To be determined with consultation of Continuing Care team.

Other congregate living environments

Restrictions on access and protective measures in place follow communal living guidelines

  • Group homes
  • Shelters for the homeless
  • Correctional facilities

Education and child care

Daycares, day homes and day camps

Restrictions eased with adherence to public health guidance

Overnight camps

Open following public health guidance

Elementary schools

To be determined with consultation with Department of Education

Secondary schools

To be determined with consultation with Department of Education

Yukon University

To be determined with consultation with Yukon University Board and Department of Education

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Contact: 

If you have a question phone toll-free 1-877-374-0425 or email covid19info@gov.yk.ca.

For the most up to date information visit yukon.ca/covid-19.