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N.W.T. officials to hold briefing on new restrictions on essential workers

N.W.T. government officials will take questions and give more details about its new restrictions on residents returning to the territory and exemptions on essential workers under the COVID-19 travel ban. 

Premier Caroline Cochrane, Health Minister Diane Thom and Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Kami Kandola will hold a live press conference at 11:05 a.m. MT. 

The broadcast will be streamed live on this page, as well on CBC North’s Facebook page.

Rules introduced Monday

On Monday, the territorial government announced in a news release that residents returning to the N.W.T. and workers with exemptions under the COVID-19 travel ban face new rules.

Although the N.W.T. border has been effectively closed to all non-essential travel since late March, exemptions have been in place for mine workers, medical professionals, airline workers and others who regularly enter or pass through the territory for their work or for medical reasons.

Those exempted travellers were governed by rules — and those rules are now tighter, stated the Monday news release.

Starting Monday, the newly amended public health order governing COVID-19 travel restrictions and self-isolation protocols requires N.W.T. residents returning to the territory to check in with Protect NWT on their second, sixth, 10th and 14th day of their mandatory two-week self-isolation period.

Essential service workers, supporting workers, infrastructure workers and corrections officers not required to start work immediately must comply with self-isolation plan requirements now in place for returning residents, and they must do so in one of the designated isolation hub communities — Yellowknife, Inuvik, Hay River or Fort Smith.

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