The NWT government says people wishing to travel between British Columbia and Fort Liard must now make an appointment.
The gate at the border on Highway 7 will be operated by appointment only between 10am and 2pm on Tuesdays and Fridays. The territory said the policy would remain in place until at least January 30.
The gate will not be staffed on those days, except when accommodating appointments.
The NWT government said it was making the change to “free up local resources for the Covid-19 response in Fort Liard.”
Fort Liard’s Covid-19 vaccine clinic began on Thursday morning.
Only commercial vehicles carrying essential supplies and services will be able to enter through the border gate. Any vehicle can make an appointment to leave the territory.
Following Thursday’s announcement, Premier Caroline Cochrane posted on social media that Fort Liard residents needing groceries can call the store to place an oder for curbside pick-up.
To make an appointment, travellers are asked to contact Protect NWT by emailing email@example.com, calling 8-1-1, or calling 1-833-378-8297 from outside the NWT.