Local Business Operations

November 26, 2020

Public Service Announcement

Local Business Operations
November 26, 2020 – Iqaluit, Nunavut


The City of Iqaluit would like to notify the public of businesses that are open to the public during the mandatory lockdown.

As of Wednesday November 18, 2020, the Nunavut Government announced that Nunavut will be going into a mandatory two week shut-down, with only essential businesses open during this time. This means that all non-essential businesses including bars, restaurant dining rooms, as well as schools and daycares are closed.

If your business or entity has altered business hours or operational schedules and would like to be added to this list, please contact Geoff Byrne, Economic Development Officer at G.Byrne@iqaluit.ca.

All businesses are strongly encouraged to participate in these reasonable precautions:

  • Practise enhanced cleaning measures with a focus on disinfecting high-touch point surfaces;
  • Promote frequent and thorough hand-washing, use hand sanitizers or antibacterial wipes if soap and water are not available;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Delay or cancel face to face meetings, replace it with a teleconference or online event;

Per the Government of Nunavut, local businesses that are deemed essential and are open during the two-week lockdown include the following:

  • Federal, Territorial, and Municipal governments providing essential services;
  • Designated Inuit Organizations as defined in the Nunavut Agreement providing essential services to Nunavut Inuit;
  • Grocery Stores;
  • Pharmacies;
  • Fuel and motor vehicle service stations;
  • Canada Post Corporation and authorized agents of Canada Post Corporation;
  • Financial Institutions;
  • Food service establishments open for take-out and delivery services pursuant to Communicable Disease Order (#5);
  • Air carriers and companies essential to airport operations;
  • Food banks, homeless shelters, child and youth advocacy centres, transition houses, and emergency shelters;
  • Transportation service providers, including taxis;
  • Snow clearing service providers;
  • Cleaning and Janitorial service providers;
  • Employees or contractors of the Nunavut Housing Corporation, a local Housing Authority, or a local Housing Society performing essential maintenance of public housing and staff housing;
  • Companies providing essential maintenance services to dwellings and buildings, including but not limited to plumbing, electrical, telecommunications, furnace and boiler service, and emergency repairs; and
  • Businesses or organizations contracted by the Government of Nunavut to assist in pandemic response


For additional information, please contact:

Lisa Milosavljevic
Communications and Customer Service Manager
City of Iqaluit