Nunatsiavut, the Inuit self-governing region in the Atlantic Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, has relaxed their travel warning saying they’re no longer asking people to refrain from non-essential travel to their communities.
On Saturday, the province moved to their COVID-19 alert level 2, their second lowest level, after only one new case of COVID-19 had been reported in the seven days prior to Wednesday, March 24.
The Nunatsiavut Government said as of March 30, those in the province were no longer being asked to stop travelling to, from or between Nunatsaivut communities, unless they have been asked to self-isolate or are self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.
“With the COVID-19 Alert Level 2 in place throughout all regions of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the fact that there are no travel restrictions within the province, we are comfortable with people from outside of Nunatsiavut entering and moving between our communities for both essential and nonessential purposes,” said Nunatsiavut’s President Johannes Lampe in a news release on Tuesday.
However, those from outside the province will still be required to self-isolate for 14-days before entering the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area.
Lampe warned however, that the government’s advisory could change quickly depending on the public health situation in the province.
Situation could change quickly
“We will continue to monitor the situation and act accordingly to any changes as they arise,” he said.
Nunatsiavut’s population of 2560 is spread out between five communities along the Atlantic coast: Nain, Hopedale, Makkovik, Postville and Rigolet.
There are approximately another 3,440 beneficiaries who live outside Nunatsiavut.
Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca
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