The territorial cabinet communications team provided a statement Monday afternoon explaining why a news release announcing significant new COVID-19 restrictions was sent out at 7 p.m. last Friday.
The timing of the release, along with what many people are saying is ambiguous, confusing language, caused controversy among members of the public, especially on social media and with the opposition parties.
No one was available in government offices all weekend to answer Yukoners’ questions on the announcement.
As well, Sport Yukon has said it couldn’t even obtain clarifications from government communications personnel all day Monday.
The statement from the cabinet read: “We work to provide updated information as soon as it is available.
“The situation with COVID-19 is very dynamic, and we are actively responding to new developments.
“As we have throughout the pandemic, we make new public health recommendations public as soon as we can.
“This allows for businesses, organizations and individuals to plan for upcoming changes to public health measures.”
A COVID-19 update session was scheduled for this afternoon at 3:00 pm, as opposed to the usual Wednesday morning scheduling. https://facebook.com/yukongov/videos
As of Monday afternoon, there were 351 active cases and 82 new cases over the weekend.