IQALUIT, NUNAVUT — Travellers to Nunavut who are unvaccinated for COVID-19 or partially vaccinated will no longer have to isolate in one of the government's isolation hotels in Southern Canada.
Nunavut Health Minister John Main says those travellers can now isolate in their home community for 10 days.
Main says the isolation hotels will still be available to unvaccinated and partially vaccinated Nunavut residents who test positive for COVID-19 while on medical travel in Southern Canada.
Starting Feb. 28, unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken at least 72 hours before departure.
Nunavut's isolation hotels have been in place since March 2020 in Yellowknife, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Ottawa.
Dr. Michael Patterson, the territory's chief public health officer, says as of Tuesday, 77 per cent of Nunavut residents ages five and up have received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb, 18, 2021.
The Canadian Press