A shelter-in-place order in effect in Tla’amin Nation expired at 5 pm on Thursday, September 17. It was the third such order in succession due to COVID-19 cases in the area.
In a media release, the nation announced that a decision was made by the Executive Council to lift the order and allow its members to get back to the new normal. The curfew of 9 pm to 6 am remains in effect.
Non-residents will not be granted access into the nation, according to the release, with the exception of established contractors and delivery companies. One point of entry and one point of exit to the community is designated. Members were advised to continue to self-isolate if they are not feeling well, practice physical distancing and always wear masks when in public.
Community members were reminded to follow the COVID-19 safety measures outlined by the provincial health officer.
“Executive Council has determined we can move forward with incremental steps to ensure safety at the checkpoints,” stated hegus Clint Williams. “It is now the responsibility for our members to follow all safety measures to ensure that we avoid going down this pandemic path once again. We will proceed with extreme caution.
Tla’amin people have come together to ensure that every nation member has what they need to stay safe or to recover. Now, we must ensure that all Tla’amin people can play a part in shaping the future of our nation. We realize this is yet another change in an already difficult time.”