The GNWT will close Highway 8 (the Dempster Highway) to all traffic at 5 p.m. on Friday. 

The highway, which goes south into the Yukon will be closed at kilometre 1 and extending to kilometre 14.2, the GNWT said in a news release. 

The order from the Commissioner of the NWT comes under the Public Highways Act to support the order of the chief public health officer regarding travel measures to slow the spread of Covid-19. 

“Travellers are advised to complete their essential movement of goods prior to closure,” the release said. 

The plan is to re-open the highway once ferries resume operation for the season. 

Highway 1, which traverses the NWT-Alberta border, remains open with a check stop at Enterprise.

“Drivers are reminded that it is unsafe and illegal to drive on a closed highway. Only emergency and enforcement vehicles are exempted from the closure. Please obey all traffic signs and barricades,” the GNWT said. 

More information about restrictions at the four NWT highway border crossings can be found here


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Blair McBride covers the Legislative Assembly, business and education. Before coming to Yellowknife he worked as a journalist in British Columbia, Thailand and Ontario. He studied journalism at Western...

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  1. I would like to know when the road will be open to hwy 7 to British Columbia fort nelson I usually go to fort nelson for medical like dental work ect an groceries shopping an visit families..