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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

As the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to evolve around the world, the Town of Inuvik is working with partners to manage potential impacts within our community. This includes working with the Government of the Northwest Territories and residents to plan for and mitigate impacts, and ensure continuity of local essential services.

The GNWT Departments of Health and Social Services and Municipal & Community Affairs are the leads for information and response to pandemic planning in the NWT, and the Town continues to work with them and follow their advice.

Get the latest updates, resources, & contacts from the following:

GNWT Department of Health and Social Services - Beaufort-Delta Region

GNWT - COVID-19 in the NWT

Government of Canada 


AS OF MAY 15, 2020

Public Health Order – COVID-19 RELAXING PHASE 1 (effective May 15th, 2020)

GNWT – Phase 1 of Easing Restrictions Information


AS OF MAY 12, 2020 - EMERGING WISELY PLAN of the Northwest Territories

Emerging Wisely Plan Information & Government of the Northwest Territories Website

Emerging Wisely Plan INFOGRAPHIC


For all COVID questions including those about health symptoms, isolation, testing, restrictions, or requirements please phone 811 or email

Please refer to important information and protocols around Self-Isolating, Self-Monitoring, & Social-Distancing

What is the Town doing to prepare?

The Town will be providing frequent updates unless emergent situations require immediate notification. 

The Town of Inuvik is currently working on a number of things:

  • Connecting regularly with the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer at Health & Social Services (GNWT) and Municipal and Community Affairs (GNWT MACA) to stay apprised of current information and potential/planned actions
  • Planning for our role if COVID-19 becomes a significant issue for our community, and the actions we will take if a response is required through emergency planning and business continuity planning
  • Once we reopen, we will continue to work to keep our facilities and work spaces clean/virus free
  • Ensuring information from the correct/expert sources is available and accessible
  • The Town has already stepped up its efforts to sanitize public spaces/recreation facilities, and signs will be posted Town facilities to remind those entering (once we reopen) that they should stay away if they exhibit cough, fever or flu-like symptoms
What can I do to protect myself and others around me?
Everyone has a role to play.  There are a number of best practices to prevent it and how to try to keep it from spreading if you do get the virus, including:
  • Practice Social Distancing. Stay home.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer, particularly after  sneezing, blowing your nose or coughing
  • Clean and disinfect in your home
  • If you are sick, avoid close contact with others & stay home
  • Turn away and cover your nose/mouth when you sneeze/cough with a disposable tissue, or sneeze/cough into your elbow
  • Throw used tissues into the garbage and wash your hands
What is being done at Town facilities?
  • Town Office: The Town Office will be closing to the public at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17 until further notice.  Please call the front desk at 777-8600 for questions relating to payments or any of our services.
  • The Inuvik Centennial Library will be closing to the public at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17 until further notice
  • The Midnight Sun Complex including the pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room, play zone, squash facilities, curling facility, Roy Sugloo Ipana Memorial Arena, the concession, meeting rooms and gym facilities will be closing to the public at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17 until further notice
  • Programs at Town Facilities: Public programs taking place at any of our facilities are cancelled until further notice
How to stay informed?
There is a lot of information available on COVID-19 and we urge you to keep informed through official websites such as the Government of Canada Public Health Services or the GNWT Public Health Services.
How will Town services be impacted?

Although we are closing our facilities to the public, our staff and administration will still be available to respond to inquiries and requests.  To reach any of our departments during the closure, please call the Town Office 777-8600 or e-mail

The following essential services will continue.  These include:

  • water and sewer (utility) service delivery
  • fire department for emergency response only
  • municipal enforcement for emergency animal control only
  • garbage collection services
  • solid waste site operations
  • road maintenance

It's important for us all to remain calm and thoughtful, get information from reliable sources, take precautions to keep you and your families safe, and remain community-minded supporting friends and neighbours who may need a little more support if you can.

For all Emergencies (Fire, RCMP, or Ambulance) please phone 9-1-1.

For all COVID related inquiries please phone 8-1-1.

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