Students back in the class in Fort Smith, Inuvik continues online learning

A new public health order, effective Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. continues to restrict household gatherings, but allows students in Inuvik and Fort Smith to return to school Jan,31.

New gathering order continues to restrict household gatherings in N.W.T. to 10 people

Acting Chief Public Health Officer André Corriveau announced the new public gathering measures in a press release Friday night. (Jimmy Thomson/CBC)

A new health order will allow students in Fort Smith and Inuvik to return to the classroom on Monday.

However, the Beaufort Delta Education Council posted in a notice on Facebook that students in Inuvik would continue online learning until at least Feb. 7. 

The Paul William Kaeser High School in Fort Smith posted on Facebook on Jan. 27 that students would be returning to the classroom Monday unless they post otherwise. 

The health order will come into effect at 5 p.m. on Jan. 30.

Acting Chief Public Health Officer André Corriveau announced the changes in a press release late Friday evening.

They replace the current temporary gathering restrictions, put in place Jan. 4, which are set to expire at 5 p.m. on Jan. 31. 

Under the new order, employees in Inuvik and Fort Smith are also being encouraged to return to the workplace. 

Household gatherings in the N.W.T. will continue to be restricted to 10 people with a maximum of five non-household members. 

Restaurants, bars and lounges will no longer have to restrict the number of people at a table, but mingling of guests from different tables will not be allowed. 

The announcement also indicated that most previously approved applications for high risk activities like indoor team sports, swimming and hand games, will be reinstated. 


  • This story was updated to clarify that the Beaufort Delta Education Council posted a notice that students in Inuvik would continue online learning until at least Feb. 7. 
    Jan 31, 2022 1:31 PM CT