Starting Monday, anyone in one of the GNWT’s 27 airports will be required to wear a mask, the department of Infrastructure announced in a press release Thursday.
The public is encouraged to bring masks from home, though extra may be available for individuals without.
“As passenger traffic continues to increase, this requirement will help keep travellers and employees safe amid the Covid-19 pandemic,” the release advised.
The GNWT reminds the public that masks are not a replacement for hand washing, physical distancing, self-monitoring for symptoms, and other protective measures.
“While the best way to protect yourself and your community is to stay at home and not travel outside of the NWT, we want to ensure that people who need to travel, as well as airport staff, are safe in our airports,” said Diane Archie, Minister of infrastructure.
Exceptions will be permitted to those unable to wear a mask for medical reasons.
The GNWT also reminds the public that only passengers, employees, and service staff are permitted inside the NWT airports. Those who are dropping someone off or picking someone up may not enter the terminal.