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  • Writer's picturePatti Pontoon

Yukoners are "to blame" for visitors entering territory

WHITEHORSE - Yukoners could have prevented tourism if they followed "safe-six"

Yukon's chief medical officer blames the public for a spike in COVID-19 cases .

On Friday afternoon, Yukon's chief medical officer Dr. Brendan Hanley suggested that Yukoners are to blame for the fact that visitors are entering the territory.

A recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the territory has been directly linked to the Yukon Government's refusal to enforce rules for American visitors and its decision to aggressively market the territory to tourists from B.C.

Rather than take any responsibility for the spike, Hanley insinuated that Yukoners themselves were to blame for not following the the "safe-six" guidelines.

The so-called "safe-six," a cringe-inducing play on "safe sex," lays out guidelines on how Yukoners should behave to avoid contracting and spreading COVID-19.

The safe-six makes no mention of how members of the public can prevent visitors infected with COVID-19 from entering the territory.

"We can choose to assign blame, or we can choose to work together" said Hanley, whose government has refused to listen to any ideas from the public, opposition parties or Canada's chief medical officer Dr. Theresa Tam.

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