Placer miner self-isolation guidelines and operating plans

Like all people arriving in Yukon, Dawson placer miners must self-isolate for 14 days when they arrive in the territory. This applies to both employers and employees arriving in Yukon from anywhere within Canada.

Dawson hotels

The Government of Yukon has approved an application from the Klondike Placer Miner's Association (KPMA). This application allows placer miner employees to complete their self-isolation in a Dawson hotel.

Other self-isolation locations

Placer miners can also choose to complete their 14-day self-isolation in:

  • Whitehorse;
  • in their local home in the Dawson area; or
  • in their home at mine site or work camp in the Dawson area.

Eligibility requirements to self-isolate at a mine site or work camp

Miners who have a home at a mine site or work camp in the Dawson area can only self-isolate there if:

  • the miner is an owner or operator;
  • the home is a single residential unit;
  • the home is the only residential unit at the site;
  • there's only 1 family at the home; and
  • all people living in the home are related.

Download the self-isolation guidelines for placer miners

The guidelines described here are also available as a PDF download

Guidelines and operating plans for employers

Employer responsibilities

As an employer, you're responsible for:

  • submitting a COVID-19 operational plan before your employees arrive in Yukon;
  • ensuring your employees understand the 14-day self-isolation requirements before arriving in Yukon; and
  • ensuring your employees follow these requirements.

Submit your operational plan

If you choose to self-isolate in Dawson, you must submit your operational plan before you or your employees arrive in Yukon.

  1. Download the operational plan template form.
  2. Complete the form with as much detail as possible. You must include:
    • your mine or company name;
    • a management contact name, phone number and email address;
    • the name of an alternate contact in Dawson;
    • a safe transit plan; 
    • the hotel name or accommodation description of where employees will stay during self-isolation;
    • a food supply plan that describes how your employees will access food during self-isolation; and
    • a description of the employee code of conduct that you will share with employees before they travel to Yukon.
  3. Submit the completed form by email to covid19info@yukon.ca.

You must also attach all documents that will be included in the information package you provide to your employees. This package must include a copy of these guidelines.

Approval of your plan

  • You must receive confirmation that we've approved your plan before your employees arrive in Yukon.
  • The COVID-19 Response Unit will email you to confirm approval.
  • Approvals typically take 2 business days.

 

Guidelines for employees

If you will self-isolate in Whitehorse, you must follow all of Yukon's standard self-isolation requirements

If you will self-isolate in Dawson, follow the standard requirements as well as the guidelines below.

Create a travel itinerary

Before traveling to Yukon, prepare an itinerary.

  • This itinerary must explain how you'll travel from your home community to Dawson.
  • It should detail how you'll reduce COVID-19 risk for yourself and others during your travel.

How to plan your travel

  • Try to limit all possible interactions with others.
  • Where interactions can happen (e.g. during air travel), make sure you follow all public health guidance. This includes:
    • wearing a mask;
    • physical distancing; and
    • washing and sanitizing your hands.
  • Plan to travel to Dawson within 24 hours of arriving in Yukon.
  • If you cannot avoid staying overnight in Whitehorse, you must self-isolate in your room until you travel to Dawson.

Travel by vehicle

  • If you're traveling by vehicle:
    • Do not stop in rural communities, unless for essential purposes (e.g. buying fuel).
    • You must pay for fuel at the pump or via card-lock.
    • Make sure you have all the supplies you need before leaving home. Do not stop to pick these up in Whitehorse or while traveling:
      • food;
      • disinfecting wipes;
      • alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
      • masks;
      • and other needed supplies.
    • Before exiting your vehicle, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer and wear a mask.
    • Practice hand hygiene after all washroom stops. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based sanitizer.
    • If COVID-19 symptoms develop while in transit, stop, phone 811 and follow all directions.

Rules for self-isolation in Dawson

Hotels

  • If you do not have a local home, or home on a claim or in a work camp in Dawson, you must stay in a Dawson hotel. 
  • Make sure to book your hotel before you arrive.
  • When booking, let the hotel know that you'll be at the hotel for 14 days of self-isolation.
  • If you're sharing a hotel room, it must only be with people in your immediate family bubble who are also self-isolating.

Food and other essential supplies

Once you're in Dawson you cannot go to stores for food or supplies while self-isolating.

  • Make arrangements for food or other supplies before you travel.
  • If arranged in advance, Dawson grocery stores can provide outdoor contactless pick-up.

Visitors

  • Do not have visitors.
  • Your friends, family or delivery drivers can drop off food or other supplies outside your door or at the hotel front desk.

Public places

Do not go to any public places where you could infect others. These include, but are not limited to:

  • social gatherings;
  • work;
  • schools;
  • daycares;
  • health-care facilities (unless for necessary personal medical care); and
  • grocery or retail stores.

Outdoors

Only go outdoors under limited situations.

  • You may only go outdoors, for a walk, run or bike ride, by yourself or with other people you're self-isolating with.
  • If you're self-isolating in a Dawson hotel, you must not travel to your mine site or any other remote location.
  • If there's an emergency, for example a fire, that requires guests to leave the premises, you may leave the building while maintaining physical distancing.
  • Do not have face-to-face contact (within 2 metres or 6 feet) with anyone while outdoors.

Monitor yourself for sickness

While in isolation, monitor yourself daily for COVID-19 symptoms. These include:

  • fever/chills
  • cough*
  • shortness of breath
  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • loss of sense of taste or smell
  • headache
  • fatigue
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • muscle aches

*New or worsening

Find out more information about the symptoms of COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms:

Follow the advice you’re given by Yukon Communicable Disease Control or other health-care professionals.

If there's an emergency, please contact 911.

Additional procedures and guidelines to follow

All placer miners who self-isolate in a Dawson hotel must also continue to follow:

  • relevant procedures in the Civil Emergency Measures Act orders;
  • all other public health guidelines; and
  • the Klondike Placer Miners' Association (KPMA) Safety Manual.

Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) orders

All placer miners must follow the COVID-19 related procedures included in relevant CEMA orders. This includes procedures for:

  • physical distancing;
  • disinfection;
  • and risk reduction.

Public health guidelines

Placer miners must also follow all other public health guidelines. This includes the Safe 6 plus wear a mask.

Employer responsibilities

As an employer, you're responsible for:

  • submitting a COVID-19 operational plan before your employees arrive in Yukon;
  • ensuring your employees understand the 14-day self-isolation requirements before arriving in Yukon; and
  • ensuring your employees follow these requirements.

Submit your operational plan

If you choose to self-isolate in Dawson, you must submit your operational plan before you or your employees arrive in Yukon.

  1. Download the operational plan template form.
  2. Complete the form with as much detail as possible. You must include:
    • your mine or company name;
    • a management contact name, phone number and email address;
    • the name of an alternate contact in Dawson;
    • a safe transit plan; 
    • the hotel name or accommodation description of where employees will stay during self-isolation;
    • a food supply plan that describes how your employees will access food during self-isolation; and
    • a description of the employee code of conduct that you will share with employees before they travel to Yukon.
  3. Submit the completed form by email to covid19info@yukon.ca.

You must also attach all documents that will be included in the information package you provide to your employees. This package must include a copy of these guidelines.

Approval of your plan

  • You must receive confirmation that we've approved your plan before your employees arrive in Yukon.
  • The COVID-19 Response Unit will email you to confirm approval.
  • Approvals typically take 2 business days.

 

If you will self-isolate in Whitehorse, you must follow all of Yukon's standard self-isolation requirements

If you will self-isolate in Dawson, follow the standard requirements as well as the guidelines below.

Create a travel itinerary

Before traveling to Yukon, prepare an itinerary.

  • This itinerary must explain how you'll travel from your home community to Dawson.
  • It should detail how you'll reduce COVID-19 risk for yourself and others during your travel.

How to plan your travel

  • Try to limit all possible interactions with others.
  • Where interactions can happen (e.g. during air travel), make sure you follow all public health guidance. This includes:
    • wearing a mask;
    • physical distancing; and
    • washing and sanitizing your hands.
  • Plan to travel to Dawson within 24 hours of arriving in Yukon.
  • If you cannot avoid staying overnight in Whitehorse, you must self-isolate in your room until you travel to Dawson.

Travel by vehicle

  • If you're traveling by vehicle:
    • Do not stop in rural communities, unless for essential purposes (e.g. buying fuel).
    • You must pay for fuel at the pump or via card-lock.
    • Make sure you have all the supplies you need before leaving home. Do not stop to pick these up in Whitehorse or while traveling:
      • food;
      • disinfecting wipes;
      • alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
      • masks;
      • and other needed supplies.
    • Before exiting your vehicle, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer and wear a mask.
    • Practice hand hygiene after all washroom stops. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based sanitizer.
    • If COVID-19 symptoms develop while in transit, stop, phone 811 and follow all directions.

Rules for self-isolation in Dawson

Hotels

  • If you do not have a local home, or home on a claim or in a work camp in Dawson, you must stay in a Dawson hotel. 
  • Make sure to book your hotel before you arrive.
  • When booking, let the hotel know that you'll be at the hotel for 14 days of self-isolation.
  • If you're sharing a hotel room, it must only be with people in your immediate family bubble who are also self-isolating.

Food and other essential supplies

Once you're in Dawson you cannot go to stores for food or supplies while self-isolating.

  • Make arrangements for food or other supplies before you travel.
  • If arranged in advance, Dawson grocery stores can provide outdoor contactless pick-up.

Visitors

  • Do not have visitors.
  • Your friends, family or delivery drivers can drop off food or other supplies outside your door or at the hotel front desk.

Public places

Do not go to any public places where you could infect others. These include, but are not limited to:

  • social gatherings;
  • work;
  • schools;
  • daycares;
  • health-care facilities (unless for necessary personal medical care); and
  • grocery or retail stores.

Outdoors

Only go outdoors under limited situations.

  • You may only go outdoors, for a walk, run or bike ride, by yourself or with other people you're self-isolating with.
  • If you're self-isolating in a Dawson hotel, you must not travel to your mine site or any other remote location.
  • If there's an emergency, for example a fire, that requires guests to leave the premises, you may leave the building while maintaining physical distancing.
  • Do not have face-to-face contact (within 2 metres or 6 feet) with anyone while outdoors.

Monitor yourself for sickness

While in isolation, monitor yourself daily for COVID-19 symptoms. These include:

  • fever/chills
  • cough*
  • shortness of breath
  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • loss of sense of taste or smell
  • headache
  • fatigue
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • muscle aches

*New or worsening

Find out more information about the symptoms of COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms:

Follow the advice you’re given by Yukon Communicable Disease Control or other health-care professionals.

If there's an emergency, please contact 911.

All placer miners who self-isolate in a Dawson hotel must also continue to follow:

  • relevant procedures in the Civil Emergency Measures Act orders;
  • all other public health guidelines; and
  • the Klondike Placer Miners' Association (KPMA) Safety Manual.

Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) orders

All placer miners must follow the COVID-19 related procedures included in relevant CEMA orders. This includes procedures for:

  • physical distancing;
  • disinfection;
  • and risk reduction.

Public health guidelines

Placer miners must also follow all other public health guidelines. This includes the Safe 6 plus wear a mask.

Contact: 

For more information on self-isolation guidelines and operating plans for placer miners, phone 1-877-374-0425 or email covid19info@gov.yk.ca.