Summary of Yukon's plan for lifting COVID-19 restrictions with Phase 3 starting on August 1st
The Government of Yukon and Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health officially announced on July 27th that Phase 3 of Yukon’s plan for safely lifting COVID-19 public health measures will begin on August 1. This will be the longest of the stages, lasting until a vaccine is developed, and will involve a gradual easing of restrictions for Yukoners.
Starting on August 1, Yukoners can increase their household bubble from one additional family by adding three to five families depending on family size. The maximum number of individuals in a bubble should be 15 people. Members of this bubble can interact without having to physically distance.
Indoor social gatherings remain limited to 10 with social distancing, unless it is with people that are part of your social bubble. Outdoor gatherings remain at 50. However, Phase 3 allows for planned, seated events in rented spaces with a maximum of 50 people as long the rules of the rental venue are followed. Seated outdoor events with 100 people, such as weddings, will also be allowed.
Yukon athletes will be able to return to play as part of Phase 3. Officials with the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s office will meet with sports organizations and officials to plan a safe return to sports activities this fall. More details will be shared as they become available.
The transition to Phase 3 is enabled through meeting the indicators outlined in A Path Forward: Yukon’s plan for safely lifting COVID-19 restrictions. The Government of Yukon, based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, will continue to evaluate the overall risk to Yukoners when determining when to further ease restrictions throughout Phase 3, including travel restrictions.
Phase 3 means:
- household bubbles can increase up to 15 people;
- indoor, planned, seated events can take place with up to 50 people; and
- outdoor, planned, seated events can take place with up to 100 people.
Phase 3 will involve a gradual easing of restrictions. It will be the longest of the stages and will last until there's a vaccine or treatment.
- Yukoners are following the public health orders, directions and the 6 steps to staying safe;
- preventative measures and guidelines are in place and being complied with;
- high capacity for testing and contact tracing is available;
- travel restrictions and self-isolation measures are keeping Yukon safe;
- health system capacity is meeting current needs and prepared to respond to changing conditions; and
- there is no community-spread of COVID-19.
Any future dates for phases subject to change based on the 6 key criteria. Steps within each phase will be gradual.