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Extended COVID-19 Security Measures – Effective until August 27, 2021

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In light of the high number of cases in the community and to ensure the protection of the children, elders, and community members; effective immediately, the Chief and Council have extended the current COVID-19 Security Measures until August 27, 2021.

We remind members that it is mandatory for use of masks in the community and to please social distance in public settings.

We also recommend that members take all the precautions necessary when out of the community such as the use of masks, sanitization and social distancing despite the province lifting mandatory mask use and easing restrictions.

The leadership reminds our community members that school is fast approaching, and we must continue to take all precautions necessary to ensure that our children can experience a normal school year.

**Subject to Change if the current Community situation changes, for example: rise in cases**

Hotline Contact Numbers:

  • Fisher River General & Travel Hotline: 431.256.0041
  • Fisher River Health Services COVID-19 Hotline: 431.256.0395

 

SECTION SECURITY MEASURES
Security ·       Checkpoints are discontinued. Security staff will be redeployed throughout the community between the hours of 10:00pm-6:00am to monitor traffic and activities during the curfew period.

·       Curfew/Stay-at-Home Order is 12:00am – 6:00am (7 days a week), which means all the Checkpoints will be Closed for anyone coming in & going, as well as all Fisher River residents should be in their homes and are to stay home during these hours. Anyone caught breaking the Curfew/Stay-at-Home Order will be subject to fines. Fines begin at $1,296.00 (exception is made for emergency purposes).

 

Visitations ·       Indoor Gatherings at Private Residences: Up to five visitors, in addition to those who reside there.

·       Outdoor Gatherings at Private Residences: Up to (10) ten visitors from no more than two other households, in addition to those who reside there, are permitted outdoors on private property.

·       Large Household Gatherings & Parties (over the limits stated above) are still not permitted.  Anyone caught having parties or gathering(s) may be subject to fines/penalties issued from the RCMP, fines start from $1,296.00 and up.

·       Visitation from our neighboring communities will not be permitted unless married/common-law to a Fisher River resident or co-parenting agreements. Unless designated by the household or fully vaccinated. Exception is made for essential service providers.

·       Off-Reserve Members can visit the Community under the provisions stated above but must register with the Fisher River General & Travel Hotline before coming home. Off-Reserve members must Self-Monitor for the duration of their visit and follow the Household Gathering Limits.

o   Out of province members can return to the community but MUST Register with the Fisher River General & Travel Hotline; fully vaccinated members from out of province will not have to isolate. Members not fully vaccinated will be subject to the 14 day isolation period.

·       Funerals/Weddings – Open to 75 participants for outdoor ceremonies, in addition to photographer and officiants. Indoor weddings and funerals expand to 25 people, in addition to photographer and officiants. A safety protocol plan must be provided in advance to the Funeral/Wedding to Chief & Council and Health Services.

Businesses, Retail & Personal Services ·       A retail business may open if the operator of the business;

·       limits the number of members of the public at the business the lesser of 50% of the usual capacity of the premises.

·       implements measures to ensure that members of the public at the business are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other members of the public.

·       Restaurants open at 50 per cent capacity for indoors and 50 per cent for outdoor dining; for indoor dining patrons seated together must be from the same household, unless all patrons at the table are fully immunized; for outdoor dining table sizes are limited to 8 people. This is at the discretion of management.

·       Personal Services can open at 50 per cent capacity, appointments are no longer required.

·       Fisher River Gaming Centre (TBD)

Travel ·       Travel remains open to the City of Winnipeg:

o   Provincial Public Health Orders are 1 Designated Shopper from the household allowed inside stores.

o   Overnights will be allowed but you MUST register with the Fisher River General & Travel Hotline before leaving.

o   Members who travel for Day Trips will not have to register; however, security will be tracking all those who travel to the City of Winnipeg.

·       Fully immunized Manitobans will now be able to travel between provinces without having to self-isolate for two weeks upon return with a new, secure immunization card that will be available to people two weeks after they have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

o   To be eligible to receive an immunization card, Manitobans must:

o   • have a Manitoba health card;

o   • have received two doses of a vaccine; and

o   • wait 14 days after getting the second dose of vaccine, so it can take full effect.

o   Manitobans may apply for the card using the new online portal at https://immunizationcard.manitoba.ca/

·       International Travel is still not permitted, if you do travel International; you will be subject to the 14 day isolation period.

·       Travel up North is not permitted.

Education & Child Care ·       Charles Sinclair School & Fisher River High School are closed for the summer.

·       The WeeCare Child Care Centre remains open as per their guidelines.

Sports & Recreation ·       Indoor Sports & Recreation can open at with 25 people per group; groups may not interact, and no tournaments are allowed.

·       Outdoor Sports & Recreation can open to 50 people; no tournaments allowed. A safety protocol plan must be provided in advance to event to Chief & Council and Health Services.

 

·       Fisher River Fitness Centre can open at 25 per cent capacity with three metres distance maintained between patrons for both individual and group fitness.

·       It is recommended that all participants if eligible be vaccinated.

Public Spaces, Community, Cultural and Religious Gatherings ·       Indoors: Open to 50 per cent capacity to a limit of 150 people, whichever is lower (depending on the size of the venue); with masks worn at all times. A safety protocol plan must be provided in advance if holding an event to Chief & Council and Health Services.

·       Outdoors: Open to 75 people. Drive-in services continue to be permitted. A safety protocol plan must be provided in advance if holding an event to Chief & Council and Health Services.

·       Outdoor Public Spaces: Up to 25 people at a time permitted outdoors in public spaces such as Parks, Ball Diamonds, Treaty Grounds, etc. Please follow public health guidelines.

·       Day Camps: Open to a maximum of 25 participants in groups, joint activities between groups and overnight camps are prohibited. A safety protocol plan must be provided in advance to the event to Chief & Council and Health Services.

 

Use of Masks ·       A person who enters or remains in an indoor public place must wear a mask in a manner that covers their mouth, nose, and chin without gapping.

·       The operator of an indoor public place must ensure that every person who is not wearing a mask while in the indoor public place is given a reminder to do so as soon as practicable.

Fines ·       Current fines range from $298 for not wearing a mask in a public place to $1,296 for individuals failing to comply with emergency orders and $5,000 for corporations disobeying the rules. Fines double for repeat offenders.

 Please remember to follow the best practices when out & about even when in the community:

  • wearing a face mask in the public,
  • maintain Social distancing,
  • clean commonly touched surfaces,
  • frequently wash hands for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer,
  • avoid contact with sick individuals,
  • stay home if feeling sick, even if mild symptoms; and
  • limiting carpooling or travelling in vehicles other than your immediate household family members. If you must travel with individuals outside your immediate house, please wear a mask.

If you begin to develop symptoms for more than 24 for hours, even if mild; please contact Fisher River Health Services.

Please remember to follow the best practices when out & about even when in the community:

  • wearing a face mask in the public,
  • maintain Social distancing,
  • clean commonly touched surfaces,
  • frequently wash hands for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer,
  • avoid contact with sick individuals,
  • stay home if feeling sick, even if mild symptoms; and
  • limiting carpooling or travelling in vehicles other than your immediate household family members. If you must travel with individuals outside your immediate house, please wearing a mask.
  • If you begin to develop symptoms for more than 24 for hours, even if mild; please contact Fisher River Health Services.

SYMPTOMS – New onset of:

  • Fever > 38°C or subjective fever / chills
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat / hoarse voice
  • Shortness of Breath/Breathing Difficulties
  • Loss of Smell or Taste
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea for more than 24 hours

TWO OR MORE of:

  • Runny nose
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
  • Headache
  • Skin rash of unknown cause
  • Nausea or loss of appetite
  • Poor Feeding (if an Infant)

Please DO NOT travel if you do need to and please STAY HOME if you are feeling unwell. We all must do our part in protecting the community and these measures are to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

Chief David Crate
Councillor Darrell Thaddeus
Councillor Joshua Sinclair
Councillor Carl Cochrane
Councillor Vince Crate

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ISOLATION CLARIFICATION:

  • Fisher River Health Services oversees Isolation matters for those who are COVID-19 Positives and those named as Close Contacts.
  • Fisher River Cree Nation Security oversees Isolation matters regarding violations of Health & Safety Protocols and Restrictions.

If you develop symptoms or are not sure if you should be tested, contact Fisher River Health Services COVID-19 Hotline at 431.256.0395 between 8:30am – 4:30pm. For after hours you can contact Percy E. Moore Hospital at 204.372.8444 or Health Links – Info Santé is available for questions or medical concerns at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257. Or if you are needing to speak to someone regarding mental wellness, please contact the Rainbow House Wellness Centre 24 Hour Line a 431.256.0359.

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