Relaxing Phase 2: Next Steps (Current Phase)

Last modified: 
Mon, 07/06/2020 - 15:02

Relaxing Phase 2 came into effect on June 12, 2020. During Relaxing Phase 1 there was no evidence of community spread within the territory.  Strong contact tracing capabilities are in place, along with appropriate staffing levels to enforce social (physical) distancing requirements in all establishments and locations. To read more about the essential steps, read the Emerging Wisely Document.

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Interpersonal interaction grows

Indoor Household gatherings

Households may have a maximum of 5 additional persons visit at any given time – to a maximum of 10 persons in the house. If you have a household of 2, you can have a total of 7 persons in the house. If you have a household of 6, you can only have 4 persons come over.

Indoor get-togethers of 25 or less allowed

  • Indoor get-togethers of 25 or less allowed
    • As long as physical distance of two metres can be maintained, appropriate hand-washing or sanitizing can occur, travel happens by household group, and there is no communal food or beverage provision. 
  • Indoor sports and day programming are allowed
    • As long as there are 25 people or less in the space in which they are held and there are disinfection protocols in place. Individual needs of organizations and sports leagues will be subject to a WSCC risk assessment.
      • Gymnastics clubs are higher risk and cannot open during this phase.

Outdoor get-togethers of 50 or less allowed

  • Outdoor get-togethers of 50 or less allowed

    • As long as physical distance of two metres can be maintained, appropriate hand-washing or sanitizing can occur, travel happens by household group, and there is no communal food or beverage provision. This includes funerals.

Additional businesses and organizations may open

With altered business patterns, strict physical distancing measures, and infection control procedures in-place; restrictions relaxed further on certain businesses.

  • Outdoor tourism operators
    • May now accommodate 50 or less people, and 25 or less inside of a vehicle as long as appropriate physical distancing and/or protective equipment is available.
  • Movie theatres
    • May open with 25 customers per theatre: A WSCC risk assessment will determine what measures must be in-place to safely operate.
  • Dine-in restaurants, lounges and bars may open
  • Offices may open to the public:

    • Capacity restricted to 25 people per floor for office workers with physical distancing measures in place;

    • Physical distancing, handwashing, and infection control processes must be in-place.

  • Classes may start running at fitness centres 
    • A WSCC risk assessment will determine class size limits and mitigation measures based on the space and equipment
  • Client restrictions on personal service establishments are relaxed
    • Additional clients will be allowed based on capacity and availability of personal protective equipment for staff and clients.

Note: Businesses, offices, and organizations can apply to have their requirements reconsidered based on their unique situation. This could include restrictions like maximum capacity if they have a very large space. They will need to complete and submit the Application to Vary from Public Health Order Requirements Form to protectnwt@gov.nt.ca. Submit as early as possible and expect follow-ups from public health staff.

Organized outdoor activities, including sports, may occur

With disinfection and physical distancing processes in-place wherever possible

  • Maximum capacity in these spaces grows to 50 or less in line with relaxed limits on outdoor gatherings.
  • Sports leagues should comply with national sport association guidelines and have liability insurance in place.

Outdoor Public events with 50 people or less

Will be allowed with strict social distancing, proper protective equipment as-defined by a risk assessment, customer control, and strong infection control measures in-place

Includes events like: 

  • Community feasts and barbecues
  • Farmer’s Markets, with prior approval from the CPHO
  • Small concerts, with prior approval from the CPHO
  • Outdoor bingos

Restrictions eased further on community gathering spaces and additional spaces open up

  • Community and youth centres may open to the public
    • Capacity restricted to 25 or less staff and clients
    • Physical distancing, handwashing, and infection control processes must be in-place.
  • Indoor faith-based and spiritual gatherings may resume
    • Capacity restricted to 25 total, with the ability to apply to the CPHO to seat more
    • All efforts must be made to keep the congregation physically distant
    • Handwashing and infection control protocols and equipment must be in-place.
  • Campground limitations ease further
    • Overnight camping is open

    • Shower facilities and cook shelters may operate with enhanced disinfection protocols in place
  • Pools open for instructor certification
    • Allow for limited use of pools in order to train and certify staff, and prepare the facilities for re-opening in the future.

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