N.W.T.-Yukon travel exemption suspended due to COVID-19 outbreak

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The N.W.T.’s chief public health officer has closed a brief travel bubble between the N.W.T.’s Beaufort Delta and Yukon due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in Yukon. 

People in the Beaufort Delta had long pushed for an exemption that would allow them to travel the Dempster Highway to Whitehorse without having to self-isolate on both sides. 

Exemptions began to be granted on June 9. Two days later, Yukon health officials declared an outbreak based on 13 COVID-19 cases in the territory. 

By Tuesday, that number had risen to 21 known cases and the territory had experienced its third death related to COVID-19. 

“It is disappointing,” Nunakput MLA Jackie Jacobsen told

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