After seven days with no new COVID-19 cases Six Nations is moving into Alert Level Red.
Six Nations Elected Council (SNEC) voted to move in to the red on Wednesday, June 2 at a special council meeting on May 28.
There are currently zero active or new cases of COVID-19 on Six Nations, 25 people are in isolation. The total cases remains at 526, there are no community members in the hospital and the death toll remains at 11.
Under Alert Level Red the community is encouraged to follow public health guidelines including no private gatherings with those outside of your immediate household.
Monitored gatherings will be limited to five people indoors and 10 people outdoors. Community members are asked to stay local when travelling. Restaurant’s indoor dining rooms will remain closed, but outdoor dining will now be allowed. Curbside pick-up, take out and delivery are still permitted. SNEC is asking all businesses to remains closed to the public while offering curbside pick-up and delivery.
A press release issued by SNEC said the decision to lower the alert level took many things into account, including measuring the risk to the community.
At a Special Council meeting on May 28, 2021, Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council passed a motion to move the territory into Alert Level Red, effective June 2, 2021, at 12:00am.
The Emergency Control Groups and public health staff make these determinations on a weekly basis with risk assessments that target and track key indicators in the territory. Those indicators are based on virus transmission. They include community healthcare system capacity; Ohsweken Public Health, EMS, Information and Assessment Centre; healthcare system capacity in surrounding areas, and community buy-in when it comes to public health measures.
“Although the province of Ontario recently introduced their own three-step reopening plan, Six Nations will continue to follow the COVID-19 Pandemic Response Framework with some modifications. This is being done because Six Nations’ Framework takes into consideration local context and is more suited to the changing environment surrounding the spread of COVID-19 on the territory,” the press release said.
SNEC and the Emergency Control Group will re-evaluate the alert level on June 8, when the alert level may be reduced.
Community members are strongly urged to get the COVID-19 vaccine, available at the Gaylord Powless Arena until the end of June. Only 30 per cent of those living in the community have been vaccinated, way below the provincial vaccination rate of 65 per cent of adults having their first dose.
For more information about restrictions under Alert Level Red and the Six Nations COVID-19 Pandemic Response Framework, please visit www.sixnationscovid19.ca.
Community members can also book vaccines, COVID-19 tests and more on the website.