1. Keep your distance
Embrace the awkward, not each other
Keep your social distance with everyone outside your social bubble – a 2-metre (6- feet) distance, to be exact. If you need to get close, respect others’ boundaries and ask before moving closer:
- avoid common greetings, such as handshakes; and
- avoid crowded places, such as stores, during busy times.
2. Keep your hands clean
Binge wash and chill
Wash your hands and wash them often. But – before and after – there’s so much more you can do to keep your hands clean:
- use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol;
- avoid touching your face;
- cough and sneeze into your elbow; and
- clean shared surfaces.
3. Feel sick? Stay home
Share the love, not the germs
Even if you feel like you could power through – do not. By staying home, you protect others and allow Yukon to carry on strong.
If you have any of the following symptoms, you should stay home:
- fever or chills;
- shortness of breath;
- runny nose;
- sore throat;
- loss of sense of taste or smell;
- loss of appetite;
- nausea and vomiting;
- diarrhea; or
- muscle aches.
Use the online COVID-19 self-assessment tool to see if you should get tested for COVID-19.
4. Avoid crowds
Keep your group size intimate
The Chief Medical Officer of Health encourages you to limit social and organized gatherings.
Less is more when it comes to group gatherings. And, unless someone’s in your social bubble, no close-talking when you meet up.
For all gatherings, keep 2 metres (6 feet) between yourself and anyone who is not in your social bubble.
If you are planning to hold a social gathering and are fully vaccinated, meaning you have received the full dosage of a vaccine authorized in Canada at least 14 days ago, you can continue to socially gather with up to:
- 20 people indoors; and
- 50 people outdoors.
Not fully vaccinated
If you are not fully vaccinated stick to 6 people for any indoor or outdoor gathering. Keeping your social contacts small and consistent to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Organized gatherings and events
You can have up to 200 people indoors and outdoors. If you’re planning an organized event such as wedding, funeral or any ceremony:
- wear a mask indoors; and
- maintain proper physical distancing.
Read the complete gathering guidelines.
5. Travel with respect
Get to know each other. Same place, new norms
Consider the risk before travelling between communities. If you decide to go, follow the guidelines when you arrive. It’s all about respecting everyone’s comfort levels.
The following First Nations governments and communities have issued travel advisories. Read these on the Council of Yukon First Nations travel advisory page. Click on the area of Yukon you're planning to visit. You’ll then see the travel advisory for that Traditional Territory:
- Carcross/Tagish First Nation and South Klondike Advisory Council;
- Champagne and Aishihik First Nations and Village of Haines Junction;
- First Nation of Na-cho Nyäk Dun;
- Kluane First Nation;
- Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation and Village of Carmacks;
- Selkirk First Nation;
- Ta’an Kwäch’än Council and Kwanlin Dün First Nation;
- Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and City of Dawson; and
- Village of Mayo.
If a First Nations government or community has not issued an advisory, travel responsibly and follow the Safe 6.
6. Self-isolate if necessary
Get creative with ways to stay connected
Being alone does not have to be lonely. Keep in touch with the outside world while you’re on the inside. Video chat, phone, heck – write a good old-fashioned letter! It’s communication with the human touch.
You must self-isolate if:
- you’ve just arrived in or returned to Yukon (some exceptions apply);
- you’ve been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19; or
- you’re waiting for results of a COVID-19 test.
If you had both doses of a vaccine approved in Canada 14 full days before you enter Yukon, you’re fully vaccinated.
When you come to Yukon you must:
- complete a declaration form upon entry confirming you’re fully vaccinated; and
- consent to having your vaccine status verified.
Critical service workers
You do not have to self-isolate if you’re a critical service worker who:
- has left Yukon; and
- is required immediately at your place of work.
You may perform your work duties but you must self-isolate when you are not working.
You do not need to self-isolate if you are a resident of:
- Lower Post;
- Jade City;
- Pleasant Camp; or
- nearby First Nations.
Find more information on self-isolation in Yukon.
7. And don't forget the plus 1!
What’s the "plus 1" you ask? Wearing a mask of course!
As of December 2020, you must wear a mask in Yukon if you’re in a public indoor space or common area.
It may not be the most comfortable thing to do. We get that! But we’re doing it because it makes a difference.
In fact, when combined with the Safe 6, it’s key to helping reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Want to know more? We explain all the ins and outs for you here.