Greenland prolongs COVID-19 assembly limits until 2021

A view of the town of Ilulissat, Greenland in July 2019. Municipal events are allowed in Greenland provided public health directives are followed, and that no one from outside municipalities are present. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Greenland’s home-rule government has prolonged its number ban on gatherings until January 31, 2021 in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19.

The ban on indoor gatherings remains at 100 people maximum. The ban on outdoor gatherings remains at 250 people maximum.

Exceptions to the executive order include private and public day care, schools and educational institutions, the government said in a news release on Friday. 

Municipalities are allowed to hold events, providing they adhere to public health directives and don’t include people from other municipalities or countries.

As of Monday, Greenland has reported 14 confirmed COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began.

All cases to date have been mild with do hospitalizations and no deaths.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)

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Finland: Russian tourists eager to book holidays in Finland despite border closure, Yle News

Greenland: Greenland adds new incentive to promote domestic tourism as international travel craters, Eye on the Arctic

Iceland: Iceland reinstates COVID-19 restrictions after spike in domestic infections, Eye on the Arctic

Russia: Russia’s Murmansk region counts more COVID-19 cases than neighboring Norway or Finland, The Independent Barents Observer

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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