By Victoria Gray
Six Nations is going green and has one new active case of COVID-19.
Six Nations Elected Council (SNEC) passed a motion to ratify an email poll downgrading the territory’s COVID-19 alert level to Green at the General Finance Committee meeting on July 19, effective Friday, July 16 at 12.01 a.m.
There is currently one new case of COVID-19 on the territory as of July 20. Prior to that there had not been a case of COVID-19 on Six Nations since June 18, when one person tested positive for COVID-19 and a month before that, on May 18 another person tested positive.
There are 10 community members in self-isolation and zero in the hospital. Since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, 528 people have tested positive for the virus and 11 people have died.
Within the Green level alert status SNEC recommends all those living/working in the community should receive a COVID-19 vaccine, prioritize outdoor gatherings and meetings rather than indoor gatherings. Businesses should practice active screening, everyone must continue wearing face coverings or masks, businesses should continue cleaning and disinfecting, people should continue to physical distance and employers need to develop and implement safety plans to keep staff and customers or clients safe.
The risk to the community is considered low at this time and people are allowed to gave indoor gathers up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings of 100 people.
All business sectors are allowed to reopen with capacity limits based on the square footage of the business, that allow customers to social distance and remain six feet apart.
Team sports and outdoor reaction is allowed to go on with a safety plan for participants. Bars and restaurants are allowed to open for both indoor and outdoor dining.
SNEC will reevaluate the alert status colour after two consecutive weeks without a positive COVID-19 case and vaccination rates in the community rise by 3 per cent during those two weeks.
Councillors talked about removing the state of emergency that was called in 2020, but ultimately decided not to because another wave may be on the way and numbers in the United States are on the rise.
Councillor Wendy Johnson said she thought staying in the state of emergency may make people forget its seriousness and lose it’s meaning. She said it needs to be looked at.
“I always think the state of emergency is for a specific purpose, where it calls for that mass effort and dedication. If we’re not, then we should call it off. We’re riding it out for a long time. We can call a state of emergency at any time,” she said.
By Victoria Gray