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Vuntut Gwitchin Government not extending their Community Emergency Act

People visiting Old Crow no longer need permission from council.

COVID-19 rapid test (CHONfm file photo).


In a social media post, the Vuntut Gwitchin Government says that after considering the COVID-19 situation in Old Crow, they will not be renewing their Community Emergency Act.


That means people traveling to and from Old Crow will no longer need permission from council and rapid testing is not required at the airport anymore.


The act was passed in April of 2020 and has been extended multiple times. It was amended in December to require every person in the community to self isolate for two weeks in response to a spike in active infections.


The Vuntut Gwitchin Government cites the relatively mild effects of the Omicron variant for fully vaccinated individuals and high vaccination rates as their reasoning for not renewing the act, which expired on February 10.


They also say that now the community will focus on following the government of Yukon’s current public safety measures.


COVID-19 restrictions eased

Premier Sandy Silver announces easing of COVID-19 restrictions a press conference last week(screenshot from

As of last Friday, indoor organized gatherings as well as indoor sports events and group recreation activities are no longer limited to 25 people but will still be capped at 50 percent of a venue’s capacity.


Steam rooms, saunas and hot springs as well as casinos and night clubs can now reopen with the same 50 percent rule applying.


Capacity limits have been dropped all together for movie theatres, museums and art gallery’s along with personal services like hair salons.


The proof of vaccination requirement is now gone in certain circumstances. Those under 19 and everyone attending indoor faith-based gatherings and cultural events will no longer have to show their vaccine credential.


When it comes to bars and restaurants, they no longer have to close at 10pm and can operate within normal business hours.


Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Catherine Elliott says that the territory is moving past the peak of the Omicron wave but we are not quite out of the storm yet.


Premier Sandy Silver says if things continue to go well, the hope is that in a few weeks the only public safety measures still in place will be mandatory masking, the vaccine requirement for public servants, and the proof of vaccination requirement to access designated places.


Published February 21, 2022.

Written by: Dylan MacNeil

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