Easter Bunny receives exemption to self-isolation requirement for second consecutive year

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Yellowknife — April 1, 2021

The Easter Bunny will be hopping safely throughout the Northwest Territories this weekend, thanks to again being declared an essential seasonal worker and exempted from the requirement to self-isolate when entering the territory.

In announcing this second consecutive annual exemption today, Premier Caroline Cochrane noted the Easter Bunny has received both doses of the Moderna vaccine to undertake another year of  COVID-safe Easter deliveries to NWT children.

The Easter Bunny must adhere to the following evidence-based rules to minimize any public health risk of COVID spread while delivering treats on the weekend:

  • Inside deliveries of Easter goodies may only occur while children are safely asleep in their beds.
  • Outside deliveries are permitted anytime during the exemption period as safe physical distancing is easier to achieve outdoors.
  • The Easter Bunny is required to wash its paws, front and back, before entering and after leaving any delivery location.
  • A fabric mask specifically designed to accommodate long ears and whiskers must be worn at all times and replaced before entering any of the territory’s 33 communities.
  • As much as possible, deliveries should be restricted to wrapped goodies.
  • The Government of the Northwest Territories thanks the Easter Bunny for helping to protect the health and safety of NWT families by being fully vaccinated before visiting the territory.

The Premier and all MLAs also extend thanks to Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Kami Kandola for allowing the exemption in recognition of the dedication all NWT children have shown to following COVID-safe behaviours since the start of the pandemic.

Quotes

“I am pleased to welcome the Easter Bunny back to the Northwest Territories for a second time during the COVID-19 pandemic. Necessary public health safety measures slow the rate at which the Easter Bunny can work, and I am grateful the Easter Bunny is determined to visit all our communities. It will be a wonderful treat to NWT children, who continue to work hard to keep themselves and each other safe during these unprecedented times.”

- Caroline Cochrane, Premier of the Northwest Territories

“I encourage all children to help the Easter Bunny by going to bed early on Saturday night. And, if you are lucky enough to see the Easter Bunny hopping around during the daytime, please remember to stay two metres apart. I promise that you’ll be able to safely return to big bunny hugs after the pandemic. Happy Easter, everyone!”

- Dr. Kami Kandola, Chief Public Health Officer of the Northwest Territories

Quick facts

  • The Easter Bunny fully complied with all restrictions attached to the exemption to self-isolate granted by the Chief Public Health Officer last year.
  • Research by community health authorities showed no incidents of infection or illness linked to the Easter Bunny’s 2020 visit to the Northwest Territories last year, and measures of the total well-being in the NWT significantly increased.
  • Throughout recorded history, the Easter Bunny has safely delivered eggs, treats and unconditional love to children all over the world.

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Darren Campbell

Manager, COVID-19 Communications

 Health and Social Services, COVID-19 Coordinating Secretariat

Government of the Northwest Territories

Darren_P_Campbell@gov.nt.ca