Self-Isolation Plan

Last modified: 
Sat, 07/11/2020 - 10:30

With few exceptions, everyone entering the NWT must mandatorily self-isolate in Yellowknife, Inuvik, Hay River, or For Smith, to help avoid overwhelming health centres in small remote communities. There will be measures to support residents who are required to self-isolate outside of their home community.

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For Returning Residents

If you arrived in the NWT within the past 14 days you must self-isolate and complete the approved self-isolation plan within 24 hours and complete and submit the symptom check form to Protect NWT online or by calling 8-1-1 on your 2nd, 6th, 10th and 14th days of self-isolation.

To avoid delays, it is strongly recommended you submit the plan before your arrival. At least two weeks ahead of time is best.

Public health officials will review and follow up with you about your self-isolation plan. If you need assistance or have questions about the self-isolation plan, email protectnwt@gov.nt.ca or call 8-1-1 (in NWT only) or 1-833-378-8297 (outside NWT), 8 AM to 8 PM, 7 days a week. Completing and submitting the self-isolation plan is mandatory and can be enforced by peace officers.

For New Residents, New Students, Persons in transit in the NWT for over 12 hours, or Exceptional Circumstances Exemptions Including Family Reunification

You must complete a self-isolation plan and have it approved before coming to the territory.

You should submit it at least two weeks in advance to ensure it is approved on time. If it is not, you may not be able to travel within the NWT or you may have delays at the airport or highway checkpoint.

Depending on your situation, you may need to submit documentation to prove your intentions in the Northwest Territories – like a letter from a landlord or family member or a Statutory Declaration.

Once you have arrived, you must complete and submit the symptom check form to Protect NWT online or by calling 8-1-1 on your 2nd, 6th, 10th, and 14th days of self-isolation.

Public health officials will review and follow up with you about your self-isolation plan. You must not leave your place of self-isolation until your plan is approved by Protect NWT.

If you need assistance or have questions about the self-isolation plan, email protectnwt@gov.nt.ca or call 8-1-1 (in NWT only) or 1-833-378-8297 (outside NWT), 8 AM to 8 PM, 7 days a week. 

Completing, submitting, and following the self-isolation plan is mandatory and can be enforced by Public Health Officers.

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Worker's Self-Isolation Plan

If you are entering the NWT and are in one of the following groups, you must complete and submit a worker self-isolation plan to protectnwt@gov.nt.ca a minimum of 14 days in advance of arrival:

  • Essential Service Worker;
  • Support Worker to an Essential Service Worker;
  • Non-Remote Infrastructure Worker;
  • Non-Resident Supply Chain Worker, Flight Crew, or Airline Employee that will be within the NWT for longer than 36 hours;
  • Resident Supply Chain Worker, Flight Crew, or Airline Employee who has traveled internationally; or
  • Non-NWT resident travelling within the NWT for the purposes of work

Protect NWT can also be contacted at 8-1-1 or 1-833-378-8297 (outside NWT) as soon as reasonably possible. The worker self-isolation plan must be approved by Protect NWT before you can enter the NWT.

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