UPDATE ON LOCKDOWN
Congratulations NCN. We have gone another week with no COVID-19 cases because you have followed the rules. We are continuing to keep COVID out even though the number of cases in Thompson and across the north continues to rise. The spread of COVID-19 in Indigenous communities all over Canada, particularly throughout the prairie provinces is a very concerning trend.
We absolutely must keep following the public health rules and the other rules my Council and I have put in place to keep us safe. We will be trying to get a bit of relief from some of the restrictions if there is no contact with anyone outside our community. We hope to have more information for you next week.
Restrictions continue to at least January 8, 2021
The Province has extended CODE RED until January 8, 2021. We will be maintaining the same rules that were in effect under the previous OIC until at least January 8, 2021 unless circumstances change.
Outdoor recreational activities are allowed as long as a group of only 5 people who are not part of the same household gather. Only people from the same household can use an ice shack. Snowmobiles and ATVs cannot operate on or adjacent to NCN Lands between 11:00 pm and 7:00 am.
Groceries can be delivered to the check stop daily. Cannabis and alcohol can be delivered on Fridays OR Saturdays, but not both and beer can be purchased from our new beer store twice a week in addition to the once a week delivery of alcohol to the check stop. The limits on alcohol also apply to any legal deliveries by mail. If violence escalates during the holidays we will have to reconsider imposing a ban on alcohol and cannabis. We hope that will not be necessary.
As always, my Council and I are interested in hearing positive suggestions from you about how we can improve our community and how we can govern ourselves even more effectively. This pandemic is challenging for us all but we must continue to do everything we can individually and as a community to STAY SAFE. Until the vaccine is widely available the only way we can keep this virus out of the community is by following the Public Health Measures. THEREFORE, PLEASE BE EXTRA CAREFUL DURING THE HOLIDAYS.
STAY FOCUSED SO WE CAN GET THROUGH THE WINTER AND CONTINUE TO BEAT THIS PANDEMIC. WE CAN DO THIS IF WE REMAIN UNITED IN OUR EFFORTS.