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Western Nunavut town moves to enforce COVID-19 bans – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on April 21, 202063 Views

New peace officers provide education, warnings

Last week, the western Nunavut community of Kugluktuk’s bylaw officers, Timothy St. Croix and Bob Appatok, also became peace officers: a big part of their job now includes enforcing COVID-19 health restrictions.

The Public Health Act order restricting mass gatherings gives peace officers the right to enter a dwelling without a warrant when there is “a serious and immediate risk to public health.”

This past weekend, the two broke up a lot of card games and impressed many with their personal protective equipment.

“We went in with our PPE on, and it helps put it in perspective how huge the threat is,” St. Croix said from Kugluktuk.

The participants knew their big card-game gathering was wrong, St. Croix said, and many of those present scattered into rooms to hide.

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