1. Keep your distance
We highly encourage proper physical distancing when you're with anyone who is not a close social contact or who you are not in regular contact with – a 2-metre (6-feet) distance, to be exact.
If you need to get close, respect others’ boundaries and ask before moving closer.
- Avoid common greetings, such as handshakes.
- Avoid crowded places, such as stores, during busy times.
2. Keep your hands clean
Binge wash and chill
Wash your hands and wash them often. But – before and after – there’s so much more you can do to keep your hands clean.
- Use hand sanitizer with at least 60 per cent alcohol.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
- Clean shared surfaces.
3. Feel sick? Stay home
Share the love, not the germs
Even if you feel like you could power through – do not. By staying home, you protect others and allow the Yukon to carry on strong.
If you have any of the following symptoms, you should stay home:
- fever or chills
- shortness of breath
- runny nose
- sore throat
- loss of sense of taste or smell
- loss of appetite
- nausea and vomiting
- muscle aches
Use the online COVID-19 self-assessment tool to see if you should get tested for COVID-19.
4. Avoid crowds
Keep your group size intimate
The Chief Medical Officer of Health encourages you to limit social and organized gatherings.
For all gatherings, keep 2 metres (6 feet) between yourself and anyone who is not in your social bubble or who you are not in regular contact with.
If you're planning to hold a social gathering and are fully vaccinated, meaning you have received the full dosage of a vaccine authorized in Canada at least 14 days ago, you can safely socially gather with any size.
Not fully vaccinated
If you are not fully vaccinated, stick to 6 people for any indoor or outdoor gathering. Keep your social contacts small and consistent to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Organized gatherings and events
As of August 25, 2021, gathering sizes are no longer enforced. However, when you're at a gathering, we still encourage to:
- wear a mask indoors; and
- maintain proper physical distancing.
Read the gathering guidelines.
5. Travel with respect
Get to know each other. Same place, new norms
Consider the risk before travelling between communities. If you decide to go, follow the guidelines when you arrive. It’s all about respecting everyone’s comfort levels.
The following First Nations governments and communities have issued travel advisories. Read these on the Council of Yukon First Nations travel advisory page. Click on the area of Yukon you're planning to visit. You’ll then see the travel advisory for that Traditional Territory:
- Carcross/Tagish First Nation and South Klondike Advisory Council;
- Champagne and Aishihik First Nations and Village of Haines Junction;
- First Nation of Na-cho Nyäk Dun;
- Kluane First Nation;
- Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation and Village of Carmacks;
- Selkirk First Nation;
- Ta’an Kwäch’än Council and Kwanlin Dün First Nation;
- Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and City of Dawson; and
- Village of Mayo.
If a First Nations government or community has not issued an advisory, travel responsibly and follow the Safe 6 plus 1.
6. Self-isolate if necessary
Get creative with ways to stay connected
Being alone does not have to be lonely. Keep in touch with the outside world while you’re on the inside. Video chat, phone, heck – write a good old-fashioned letter! It’s communication with the human touch.
You must self-isolate if:
- you’re a contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 and have been advised to self-isolate by YCDC;
- you’re waiting for results of a COVID-19 test; or
- you have COVID-19.
7. And do not forget the plus 1!
What’s the "plus 1" you ask? Wearing a mask of course!
As of August 4, 2021, you do not have to wear a mask. However, we strongly recommend wearing a mask in indoor public spaces given the Yukon’s current COVID-19 situation.
Also, whenever you're requested to wear a mask going into a business or other public place, please respect the request or leave quietly.
Want to know more? We explain all the ins and outs for you here.