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Phase 3 new normal: 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 3: new normal

Aim

  • Focus on long-term sustainability while monitoring impacts of changes to protect the health of Yukoners as we learn to live with COVID-19.
  • Emergency orders and public health measures to protect Yukoners
  • Border control measures will be gradually lifted. The effects of these changes on importation risk will be continually monitored.
  • Physical distancing measures may be eased based on public health data. No size restriction with gatherings, provided that there is sufficient capacity to maintain physical distancing.

Businesses and services

Most businesses and services will be fully operational with more relaxed public health and hygiene measures in place.

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Criteria for transitioning between phases

[Anchor] 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

Gradually lift border controls

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

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

Physical distancing

Physical distancing directions may be eased based on public health data.

Gatherings with physical distancing

No size restriction, provided that that there is sufficient capacity to maintain physical distancing.

Criteria for transitioning between phases


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

For example:

  • 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.

For example:

  • 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.

For example.:

  • Gyms
  • Yoga studios

Bars

  • Selling liquor primary
  • Restrictions may be eased based on public health assessment.

Restaurants, including food trucks and carts

Restrictions may be eased based on public health assessment.

Mining, manufacturing, and other industry including work camps

Travel restrictions may ease based on public health assessment and discussions with communities. Requirement for approved communicable disease and outbreak management plan.

Construction

Open with public health measures 

Agriculture and forestry

Open with public health measures 

Food processing

Open with public health measures 

For example:

  • 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

For example:

  • 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

For example:

  • 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

For example:

  • 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.

For example:

  • 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.

For example:

  • 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 may be eased based on public health assessment.

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. Find the most up-to-date information.