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Masks now required at all Yukon airports

Non-medical masks are now mandatory at all Yukon airports.

By Whitehorse Star on July 3, 2020

Non-medical masks are now mandatory at all Yukon airports.

Individuals entering the building or the airport terminal will be required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering, the territorial government said Tuesday. This is in addition to the measures announced by Transport Canada on April 20.

“As travel restrictions begin to lift, an increase in airport traffic is anticipated throughout the summer months,” the government said.

“These additional protective measures will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure passengers and airport staff are able to maintain the same level of safety obtained from physical distancing, particularly at crowded sections such as security checkpoints and check-in lines.”

It’s advised that people only enter the airport if it’s absolutely essential.

Yukoners are encouraged to use the free parking or the cell-phone waiting lot when picking up passengers.

Wearing a mask alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. All Yukoners must strictly adhere to good hygiene and public health measures such as frequent hand washing and physical distancing, the government noted.

Non-medical face masks or face coverings should allow for easy breathing and fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops.

Comments (16)

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Max Mack on Jul 9, 2020 at 11:44 am

You realize that "Observer/Communicators" don't work in public areas?

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Yukon123 on Jul 8, 2020 at 1:24 pm

@Ginger Johnson

I was at the airport today and many people weren't wearing masks. No one tackling them at the door either. Huh!

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YukonMax on Jul 8, 2020 at 6:47 am

Observer/Communicators. Ever heard of those????? These are the only qualified people IN THE TERRITORY to run and operate an Airport. They are in very short supply and many of them at retiring age. The majority of them work for contractors who cannot afford to extend additional health coverage to their employees. Community Airports provide weather information that is published nationally, pass pertinent information to pilots, i.e. current weather condition, possible existing air traffic and also provide after hour standby coverage for emergencies, search and rescue as well as medevacs. It just make sense to protect these essential worker. Everyone above them (YG) are working from home.

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Matthew on Jul 6, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Take better care of yourselves... it's only a virus, one with extremely low infection rate and even lower death rate. Virus only grow in acidic environments, balance your pH level and NEVER get sick again. Simple research proves this, stop watching reality TV and ask some questions you're afraid to answer!

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DA on Jul 6, 2020 at 9:25 am

You know you live in a relatively well off society when people like Matthew and One One-Lesser-Voice complain about having to wear a mask...

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BnR on Jul 6, 2020 at 8:28 am

"eroding our freedoms..."!!!
"Our governments are out-of-control"!!!
"Another charter of rights violation"!!!

Shake the tree and the nuts fall right out....

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Dean LaRue on Jul 5, 2020 at 4:00 pm

David on Jul 3, 2020 at 9:12 pm

Sister flew out of WH on July 2 - had to bring her own mask.

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Henry Wensleydale on Jul 5, 2020 at 3:53 pm

Matthew on Jul 3, 2020 at 5:18 pm
"Your fears should NOT justify eroding our freedoms..."

And does not justify damaging our health.

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Ginger Johnson on Jul 5, 2020 at 3:51 pm

John on Jul 3, 2020 at 7:01 pm
"You can not force people to wear masks.. but nice try."


Let us know when you try to get into the airport without one.
We'd like to show up and watch the show.

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Riverat on Jul 5, 2020 at 2:40 pm

Just do what you are damn well told, this way you will live to complain about any and everything another day!!

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One One-Lesser-Voice on Jul 4, 2020 at 11:37 pm

Another charter of rights violation that Ross Mercer and the others can add to their challenge.
Who will be enforcing this?

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Yukoner on Jul 4, 2020 at 8:52 pm

@John ever heard of "No shirt, no shoes, no service"..

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Max Mack on Jul 4, 2020 at 9:50 am

There is no scientific evidence to support the wearing of non-medical masks to prevent transmission of any respiratory contagion. The social and political pressure being brought to bear on the "authorities" to impose these kinds of rules is extraordinary.

This is not an insubstantial rule, with insignificant consequences to the wearer.
Our governments are out-of-control.

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David on Jul 3, 2020 at 9:12 pm

Do you have to bring your own mask or do they have some available at the entrance?

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John on Jul 3, 2020 at 7:01 pm

What happened to the #mybodymychoice ?

You can not force people to wear masks.. but nice try.

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Matthew on Jul 3, 2020 at 5:18 pm

Your fears should NOT justify eroding our freedoms...

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