Arctic Winter Games called off over COVID-19 fears

    Whitehorse, YT (KINY) - In a joint statement from the Whitehorse 2020 Arctic Winter Games Host Society, Government of Yukon, City of Whitehorse, and Chief Medical Officer of Health, the group announced the cancellation of the games.

    According to a press release, the 2020 Arctic Winter Games Host Society, with the support of the Yukon government and the City of Whitehorse, are following a recommendation given by Yukon’s acting Chief Medical Officer of Health to cancel the Whitehorse 2020 Arctic Winter Games.

    It has been determined that cancelling the 2020 AWG is the most responsible precautionary measure. The decision is a direct result of concerns around the spread of COVID-19 and is supported by the Arctic Winter Games International Committee.

    The risk for COVID-19 remains low in Yukon and there are currently no cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

    The group said the Yukon’s medical system has been and remains well prepared to manage suspected cases of COVID-19 that may arise in Yukon.

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