After arriving in the NWT

Most COVID-19 infections in the Northwest Territories (NWT) are now the result of the Omicron variant. The Omicron variant is very contagious. It can spread rapidly throughout our communities if returning travellers are not careful.

The Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) is recommending that ANYONE entering the NWT follow the advice and recommendations outlined below for 72 hours after arrival.


  • Limit contact between your household and others.
  • Wear a well-constructed and tight fitting mask in all public spaces.
  • Do not attend large gatherings.
  • Use the rapid tests distributed at the Yellowknife and Inuvik airports to test yourself on your day of arrival and 72 hours later.
  • You must report any positive tests to ProtectNWT

Avoid high risk activities

  • Aerobic fitness or weight lifting work outs at indoor gyms
  • Indoor sports
  • Faith-based gatherings
  • Household parties or holiday social events held indoors
  • Indoor singing and dancing
  • Dining or drinking at bars and restaurants
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Visiting relatives in long term care or visiting/hosting elders and moderate to severely immunocompromised individuals

The majority of people infected with the Omicron variant will safely recover at home. A small percentage will have severe symptoms from a COVID-19 infection that require medical attention. The chance of severe outcomes is higher if  people are unvaccinated.

Enjoy safe activities

  • Play online games with friends
  • Pick up a sewing of knitting project
  • Watch your favourite TV shows or sports team
  • Order groceries through curbside pickup if available
  • Meditate or write in a journal
  • Try cooking a new recipe
  • Spring (winter) cleaning
  • Spend time walking local trails