Current Public Health Orders

To limit the introduction and spread of COVID-19, the Chief Public Health Officer has issued the following public health orders that residents must follow:

  • May 5, 2021: Yellowknife, Ndilǫ̨, and Dettah and Behchoko Temporary COVID-19 Restrictions

    • In order to decrease or eliminate the risk to the public health in relation to COVID-19, temporary restrictions are in effect within the community boundaries of Yellowknife, Ndilǫ̨, and Dettah and Behchoko until further notice. 
      • Yellowknife Education District No. 1 (YK1), Yellowknife Catholic Schools (YCS), the Commission scolaire francophone, Territoires du Nord-Ouest (CSFTNO) and Tlicho Community Services Agency (TCSA) school are closed to in-person learning, effective May 2, 2021. 
      • Daycare and day homes may remain open, unless they are on school premises or have been directed to close by public health officials.
      • All organized extracurricular activities, clubs and sports for those under 18 years of age are cancelled (including those unrelated to schools). Anyone under 18 should not gather for organized extracurricular activities, clubs and sports.
  • May 3, 2021: COVID-19 Mandatory Face Mask Requirements
    • In order to decrease or eliminate the risk to the public health in relation to COVID-19, all peoplewithin the communities of Yellowknife, Ndilǫ̨, and Dettah and Behchoko are required to wear a face mask at all times when in an indoor public place. An indoor public place is any indoor space that is not a private dwelling place used exclusively as a residence.
  • April 21, 2021: Self-isolation for Fully Vaccinated Persons
    • Currently all travellers are required to self-isolate for 14 days after entering the NWT. This order allows vaccinated individual who have travelled withing Canada to get tested for COVID-19 on the 8th day of their 14 day self-isolation period. If their COVID-19 test comes back negative, they no longer have to self-isolate, and instead only have to self-monitor for the remainder of the 14 day period.
      • This order also allows fully vaccinated household member of a fully vaccinated traveller to not have to self-isolate when the traveller returns (from travel within Canada) 
      • Non vaccinated household members of a fully vaccinated traveller must self-isolate along with the traveller. If the person who is self-isolating after travel receives a negative test after eight days, self-isolation requirements are complete for everyone in that household.
      • If the traveller is not vaccinated, the entire household must self-isolated for the full 14-day self-isolation period, regardless of household members’ vaccination status.
      • Learn more about self-isolation for vaccinated individuals.
    April 21, 2021: Remote Tourism
    • Public health order dated April 21, 2021 allowing residents and non-residents of the northwest territories to stay at a remote lodge or at other remote locations with tourism activities, operated by a remote tourism operator - including exemption to the public health order - covid-19 travel restrictions and selfisolation protocol - as amended december 1, 2020
  • Exemption (Norman Wells, March 4, 2021)
  • Exemption (Fort Simpson, March 4, 2021)
  • Public Health Order - Travel Restrictions and Self-Isolation Protocol (As Amended December 1, 2020) 
  • Public Health Order – COVID-19 Relaxing Phase 2 (effective June 12, 2020) 

    Note: Businesses, offices, and organizations can apply to have their requirements reconsidered based on their unique situation. Application to Vary from Public Health Order Requirements Form to Submit as early as possible and expect follow-ups from public health staff.
  • Public Health Order - Directed at Mineral and Petroleum Industry (June 25, 2020)