Public heath measures include all manners in which people can help to protect the population from COVID-19. Some are laws that are enforceable, some are recommendations, and some applied measures are tied to approvals under certain public health orders. For example:
- Enforceable law: Self-isolation
- Recommendation: Avoid non-essential travel
Sometimes a measure is tied to an enforceable rule in order to allow an activity to go ahead. An example may include a 250-person outdoor wedding reception in Hay River in late June:
- Enforceable Rule: No outdoor gatherings of more than 200 people
- Applied measure: Spaced seating and masking
In this case the outdoor gathering can now go ahead, but the applied measures become enforceable.
As public health restrictions are removed, public health measures will still be applicable to many situations, and should be followed by communities, businesses, and individuals, dependent on their own circumstances. However, when the time comes, the government will no longer enforce any public health restrictions or measures. Enforcement throughout the pandemic has been needed to protect the NWT healthcare system. If people continue to make safe choices when it comes to the risk associated with COVID-19 NWT residents and the NWT healthcare system will continue to be protected.