Manitoba First Nation community closes down amid province's rising COVID-19 cases
WINNIPEG -- One Manitoba First Nation has moved to Code Orange restrictions.
Sagkeeng First Nation announced on Oct. 26 that it will be closing down the community for a 14-day period due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases across Manitoba.
According to a public notice from the First Nation, Code Orange means community transmission of COVID-19 is at a medium level; new clusters are forming, but they can be controlled through self-isolation, testing and contact tracing; and the healthcare system can manage the case levels.
The First Nation’s Code Orange restrictions include:
- Limiting gatherings to five people;
- Only allowing the 262 members and long-term residents on the First Nation;
- Adding restrictions, if necessary, to the George M. Guimond Personal Care Home;
- Closing Katrina Rae Daycare;
- Keeping K-12 schools at level 3, which means closed with remote learning;
- Closing Sagkeeng First Nation offices, with staff working from home;
- Keeping essential services open, but with restrictions and reduced hours;
- Keeping essential private businesses open, but with restrictions and reduced hours;
- Restricting funerals to immediate family members only, with no wake services. Public health orders must be followed and masks are mandatory;
- Keeping VLTs open for Sagkeeng residents and spouses, but with reduced hours;
- Mandatory masks and handwashing/sanitizing;
- Social distancing of two metres at all times;
- Not allowing children under 12 to go into public establishments;
- A community curfew from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.; and
- Keeping checkpoints in place with minimal contact tracing questions.
The chief and council of Sagkeeng will re-evaluate the community closure on Nov. 9.