Kahnawake’s Next Openings Beginning on July 1st

Written by on June 24, 2020

The Travel Ban has been lifted immediately for the essential services workers in Kahnawake. They can travel within Canada without restriction. However, there remains a restriction on international travel, including the United States. “Things in the U.S. are still very unstable. It’s unsafe to our community,” said Commissioner of Public Safety Lloyd Phillips.

Several businesses will be permitted to reopen as of Wednesday, July 1. Sit down services will be permitted in restaurants in Kahnawake. They will be under very specific criteria for physical distancing and cleanliness.

Church gatherings can resume on July 1st with a maximum number of people allowed. However, there will be a prohibition on singing because that promotes the projection of droplets.

Non contact and non combat sports can also resume including: Soccer, baseball and softball. The plans will be up to the individual sports organizations.

Indoor cleaning services in the home will be permitted.

Yard sales will also have the green light in the community as of July 1st.

The Kahnawake COVID-19 Task Force says it is also targeting July 20th for bars and social clubs to reopen. As well as Indoor gyms and similar business with high touch areas.

As of the 20th outdoor gatherings up to a maximum of 50 people can take place in a public space.

Private residences can also increase to a maximum of 10 people inside homes.

Dr. Annick Gauthier, appearing on the Kahnawake 911 on Facebook on Wednesday, said that over 500 tests have been performed in Kahnawake since the site opened at the KMHC in March. There have been a total of 23 positives in the community since the pandemic began. She also said that everyone at the Kateri Memorial Hospital Centre has undergone screening and tests and there have been no new positives. A screening process is getting underway at the Turtle Bay Elders Lodge and the Independent Living Centre.


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