Essential workers entering the NWT

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Wed, 05/20/2020 - 13:42

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These workers have different isolation requirements when entering the NWT:

  • Persons providing services during importation/exportation of goods and other supply chain transportation workers, including movers and carriers, and those persons who are necessary to maintain supply chain transportation services.
  • Flight crews.
  • Persons engaged in providing essential services, including but not limited to, health and social service providers, postal service workers, peace officers and others employed for the preservation and maintenance of the public peace, emergency responders, employees of and persons engaged by the Department of National Defence, municipal enforcement officers, community government essential service workers and, federal and territorial parks officers.
  • Persons engaged in providing support services to essential services workers.
  • Transient workers in the mineral and petroleum resources industry.
  • Persons involved in working on the construction of GNWT capital infrastructure projects.
  • Corrections Officers and inmates in transit.
  • Persons otherwise exempted under exceptional circumstances by the Chief Public Health Officer.

Anyone who is not listed above and feels they are essential should contact their employer.

Essential employees require WSCC risk assessment completed by their employer. For more information, please see:

Information for supply chain workers, flight crew, and airline employees

If they are in the NWT for less than 36 hours, they must self-monitor and comply with the social distancing protocols established by the Chief Public Health Officer.

If they show symptoms of COVID-19, they must immediately mandatorily self-isolate and call a health care provider.

If they will be in the NWT for more than 36 hours, they must:

Information for essential service workers, non-remote infrastructure workers and support workers

They must mandatorily self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival to the NWT in Yellowknife, Inuvik, Hay River or Fort Smith. They will not be allowed to self-isolate in a small community or other regional centre other than the four listed communities.

They must also:

  • Before coming to the NWT, complete and submit a worker self-isolation plan to or by calling 1-833-378-8297. The self-isolation plan must be approved by Protect NWT before they can enter the NWT.
  • Obtain an approval document from the Chief Public Health Officer via Protect NWT, prior to entering the NWT.
  • Complying with their self-isolation plan.
  • Complete and submit the symptom check form to Protect NWT online or by calling 1-833-378-8297 on their 2nd, 6th, 10th and 14th days of self isolation
  • Monitor their health for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Follow healthy respiratory practices.
  • If they are sick, they must not travel into the NWT.

If they show symptoms of COVID-19, they must immediately mandatorily self-isolate and call a health care provider.

Information for mining and oil and gas industry employees

Before travelling to their workplace, mining and oil and gas industry employees must:

  • Complete 14 days of social distancing protocols established by the Chief Public Health Officer
  • Complete a workplace risk assessment form
  • Complete a health screening that includes temperature check and COVID-19 symptom inquiry
  • Complete, prior to the start of each shift, a health screening including COVID-19 symptom inquiry
  • Comply with workplace social distancing protocols as established by their employer
  • Comply with all disinfection procedures put in place by their employer
  • Immediately self-isolate if they show symptoms of COVID-19 in the identified part of their workplace and comply with any additional directions provided by the Chief Public Health Officer.


Corporations are responsible for ensuring compliance with the public health order. If anyone believes that rules are not being followed, they are encouraged to email or call 1-833-378-8297. Complaints will be kept confidential and the NWT compliance and enforcement taskforce will follow up.

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