MAKKOVIK, N.L.- An Inuit community along Labrador’s north coast has shut down its public facilities to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The Makkovik Inuit Community Government said in a Facebook post today its arena, community hall and youth centre are closed until April 4 because of an increase in local COVID-19 cases.
The town’s school, which hosts about 76 students, remains open.
The community is reminding residents that wearing masks in public places is still highly recommended.
Makkovik has a population of about 375 people and is only accessible by plane in the winter.
The news comes after Newfoundland and Labrador health officials said Monday there were a record 40 people in hospital across the province due to COVID-19.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 29, 2022.