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Nunavut to drop its mask mandate Friday, more than a month after COVID-19 outbreak

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Nunavut to drop its mask mandate Friday, more than a month after COVID-19 outbreak

The sun sets over Iqaluit, Nunavut, on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Nunavut's chief public health officer says people living in the territory will no longer be required to wear masks starting Friday, but he says they are still strongly encouraged.

By The Canadian Press

Early Newspaper

Wed., July 28, 20211 min. read

IQALUIT, Nunavut – Nunavut’s chief public health officer says of us dwelling in the territory will now no longer be required to wear masks starting Friday, but he says they are calm strongly encouraged.

Dr. Michael Patterson says indoor public gatherings — such as in staff halls — will also be allowed to have 75 per cent capacity.

Restaurants, bars, theatres and places of affection can open to 75-per-cent capacity and there can be no limits on open air gatherings.

Friday marks two weeks since Iqaluit’s COVID-19 outbreak was declared over, which Patterson says is the benchmark for additional easing restrictions.

Iqaluit’s first case was declared on April 15 and an outbreak swelled to 253 cases, with the last individual getting better in late June.

The manager says 66 per cent of Nunavut’s eligible population is absolutely vaccinated and there are no cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

This chronicle by The Canadian Press was first revealed July 28, 2021.

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Nunavut to drop its mask mandate Friday, more than a month after COVID-19 outbreak