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No tickets or fines issued yet for violations of Covid-related health orders, GNWT says

The GNWT has conducted more than 600 investigations of suspected violations of Covid-19 health orders but so far has taken no disciplinary measures other than giving out warnings, a report shows.

The Self-Isolation, Enforcement, and 811 Statistics report, issued on Wednesday, details aspects of the health measures the GNWT has introduced since March when the government unrolled its self-isolation protocols following the confirmation of the territory's first case of coronavirus.

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Out of 640 investigations into possible violations, based on compliance and enforcement calls and emails received by the government there have been 106 verbal and written warnings.

A member of the GNWT's Compliance and Enforcement Taskforce speaks with a driver at a check stop in Yellowknife on April. NNSL file photo

Fifty-two verbal warnings were given in the Beaufort Delta region, 16 in the South Slave, 15 in the North Slave, six in the Sahtu and two in the Dehcho region.

Thirteen written warnings were given in the Sahtu and one each in the Dehcho and North Slave.

There have been no tickets, fines or court summons.

The NWT Compliance and Enforcement Taskforce, formed on April 8, is in charge of enforcing the health orders of chief public health officer Kami Kandola.

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Ten days after its formation the task force set up a check stop near the Niven Lake area in Yellowknife to provide information to drivers about the pandemic and health regulations.

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Self-isolation plans

Under the health orders issued by Dr. Kandola in March, returning NWT residents must submit a self-isolation plan and isolate themselves for two weeks either in their own homes or in accommodations provided by the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) in Hay River, Yellowknife, Inuvik and Fort Smith.

A total of 3,368 self-isolation plans have been submitted to the government, with 1,673 coming from people from Yellowknife, 600 from outside of the NWT, 290 from Hay River, 267 from the Beaufort Delta, 188 from Fort Smith, 137 from the Dehcho region, 77 from the Sahtu, and 76 from the Tlicho region.

811 information line

Since the 811 Covid information and assistance line opened on April 15, a total of 239 calls have been received.

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The average length of calls is five minutes and some calls have lasted up to 20 minutes. The purpose of most calls is travel, health information, working, isolation plans, social distancing and other subjects.