HAIDA GWAII STATE OF EMERGENCY


EFFECTIVE JANUARY 29, 2021

This bulletin is a temporary amendment to the October 2, 2020 State of Emergency below, which remains in full effect.


KEEP YOUR CIRCLE SMALL

  • Pull back your social circle to include only people you live with.
  • Parties and gatherings are not permitted at this time

RESPECT PHYSICAL DISTANCING & PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE

  • If you absolutely need to leave your home: wear a mask, physical distance, wash your hands, avoid touching your face and mask.
  • Ensure physical distancing, even when enjoying outdoor spaces.
  • Travel between Island communities should be kept to essential errands only. Additional measures may be in place through local EOCs.

TRAVEL TO/FROM HAIDA GWAII

  • Only essential travel is permitted to/from Haida Gwaii.
  • Essential workers must apply through the CHN website and receive an approval before arrival.
  • Do not travel off-Island unless essential. For example, “essential” includes medical travel, which is important and encourage. It also includes urgent family matters and essential work off-Island.
  • Residents must isolate for 14 days when returning from travel off-Island

Emergency measures will be re-evaluated regularly and further updates will be posted as needed. Go to <haidanation.ca>


HAIDA GWAII STATE OF EMERGENCY

OCTOBER 2, 2020

If you have any sign of illness, however mild, self-isolate from other members of your household and the community and seek testing for COVID-19 immediately.

COVID-19 symptoms include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, loss of smell. If you experience any symptoms, phone Northern Health’s Online Clinic: 1.844.645.7811

If you test positive, you are encouraged to self-report to one of
the Health Center Emergency Operations Centers.


KEEP YOUR CIRCLE SMALL  

  • Your circle is your household and a small number of people you do not need to maintain physical distance from. 
  • Always exercise caution with your circle. Remember that for each person you add to your circle, you are connecting with everybody in their circles also – circles grow exponentially. Always consider the interactions each person within your social circle has had and remember how easily the COVID-19 virus can spread. 
  • Consider the most vulnerable people in your bubble – Elders, chronically ill or immunocompromised people – when socializing outside your circle. 

SOCIALIZE CAREFULLY 

  • Maintain physical distance and good hygiene at all times when socializing with people outside of your circle. 
  • Remember to include your workplace when you’re considering your social contacts. 
  • Consider meeting outside, if possible, and try to leave a few days between social interactions. 
  • Do not leave your house or meet with other people if you feel unwell.  

Until there is a vaccine or immunity, limit social interactions and always consider the risks COVID-19 present to you, your family, friends and community. 


RESPECT PHYSICAL DISTANCING & PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE 

Only leave home when you are in good health and respect the following: 

  • Physical distancing: keep at least 2 meters/6 feet away from people who are not from your household. 
  •  If you are able to, wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible. Make sure to practice proper mask hygiene. 
  • Wash hands thoroughly and often with soap and water for 30 seconds; if soap and water are unavailable, use hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; if you need to touch your face, wash your hands before and after. 
  • Cough or sneeze into your arm sleeve or a tissue (immediately dispose of tissue and wash hands). 

When out in the community, give priority to Elders and always give them safe physical distance. 


INDOOR GATHERING PLACES 

  • All offices, businesses and services open to the public must ensure COVID-19 protections are in place at all times, such as physical distancing and hygiene standards. All must comply with current provincial health and WorkSafeBC standards and have COVID-19 Safety Plans in place. 
  • Individuals and businesses are encouraged to record interactions with others. Keep track of where you have been, dates, and people you have interacted with. 
  • Respect any requirements posted by businesses and organizations when accessing public spaces.

OUTDOOR SPACES 

  • For your well-being, spend time connecting with the land and waters around Haida Gwaii. 
  • Be mindful of others’ space, clean any common public areas after use, and respect any posted notices. 

LOCAL ON- ISLAND TRAVEL  

When traveling between Island communities, do so carefully. Always respect physical distancing, practice good hygiene and consider wearing a non-medical mask when in indoor public places. 

TRAVEL TO / FROM HAIDA GWAII  

The virus moves wherever people move. We all share a responsibility to protect ourselves, our families and each other.  

  • Residents should carefully assess the need to travelensure you have a plan to safely return home.  
  • Follow strict physical distancing and good hygiene measures if you travel off-Island. 
  • If you have travelled on a flight, check the BC Centre for Disease Control website for possible COVID-19 Public Exposures (bccdc.ca). 

You may encounter a Haida information checkpoint when you return to Haida Gwaii. Info officers will have the most up to date information on the Haida Gwaii State of Emergency and how to keep each other safe. 

Non-resident leisure travel to Haida Gwaii is not permitted at this time. Family members can use the Essential Worker Permit process to reunite with loved ones on Haida Gwaii. 

Self-isolation and self-monitoring  

  • Support may be available in each community to deliver food, groceries and prescriptions during the first 14 days after you return home, or anytime you need to self-isolate. Contact your local EOC for information on resources.  
  • If you are unable to fully self-isolate, it is important to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after travel and avoid spending time in public places. Limit your social interactions and consider using free delivery services rather than going to stores during this time. 
  • Contact your healthcare professional if you need medical care at any time. 

Xaayda Gwaay Ngaaysdll Naay
Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre 
Daajing Giids Queen Charlotte 
250.559.4900 

Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre 
Masset 
250.626.4700 

 

ESSENTIAL WORKERS & MANDATORY ISOLATION PROCESS 

Those coming to Haida Gwaii to conduct essential service work must apply through the Council of the Haida Nation and include a Safe Work Procedure and Safe Community Plan. Essential service workers need to self-isolate and/or follow requirements according to Work Permits issued, follow physical distancing measures and hygiene guidelines during isolation and after. Contact <essentialworkpermits@haidanation.com>