Onion Lake Cree Nation has set a date for the first phase of their business re-openings.
In a press release on June 11th, they announced businesses and departments can begin the process of resuming operations on June 15th. The Cree Nation decided on this date with advice from their Pandemic Response Committee and health officials, including Indigenous Services Canada Medical Health Officer Dr. Ibrahim Khan.
Many of the steps for Onion Lake’s phase one will be similar to the rest of the province. Businesses will be allowed to have 50 per cent capacity inside at any time, offices will be open to the public but limited at a maximum of two clients per visit and COVID-19 guidelines such as physical distancing and handwashing will be in place. Gathering restrictions allow for 15 people at indoor events and 30 at outdoor events. There is an exemption if the workplace can guarantee physical distancing. All workers must also receive COVID-19 testing before returning to work.
For schools, the nation says they are looking at a fall re-opening, in line with the rest of Saskatchewan. Teachers will continue their work until the end of June.
Several entry and travel advisories remain in effect for Onion Lake. Checkpoints are monitoring in and out traffic and reminding residents of pandemic precautions. If someone visits another city or crosses provincial borders, they are told to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. If someone has been or was in contact with someone who has visited a COVID-19 hotspot, they can call the OLCN to arrange testing.
Onion Lake says they will reassess the plan in a month.