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Tribe's EOC Adds Kahnawà:ke to Travel Exclusion List

Non-Essential Travel Also Prohibited to New York City, Long Island, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, and Greater Toronto Area


AKWESASNE. The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) announced it has included the community of Kahnawà:ke to the list of exclusion areas within the 300-mile travel radius. The decision is to support the Kahnawà:ke COVID-19 Task Force’s decision to implement more restrictive measures, as their community’s Pandemic Status was raised to Red/Onekwénhtara on Thursday, Kenténha/October 1, 2020.

This means there is a significant increase or sustained level of community spread and maximum risk of transmission for Kahnawà:ke. As a result, their COVID-19 Task Force is urging that enhanced protective measures be followed to keep their community safe. In support of their efforts, the Tribe’s EOC asks individuals to please refrain from traveling to or from Kahnawà:ke at this time.

On Seskehkó:wa/September 25, 2020 the Tribe’s EOC announced that the travel radius for residents of Akwesasne’s southern portion and those subject to the Tribe’s jurisdiction was expanded to 300 miles (482 kilometers) in both the United States and Canada. Included within the expanded travel radius were the following exclusion areas experiencing increased infections: Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Greater Toronto Area, New York City, and Long Island.

Effective today, Kahnawà:ke has been added to the list of exclusion areas where non-essential travel is prohibited. Individuals who travel to Kahnawà:ke or other exclusion areas for non-essential purposes are reminded that they must self-quarantine at home for 14 days.

Please continue placing the overall health and safety of Akwesasne, as well as Kahnawà:ke, as a priority. Wear a mask in public places, practice social distancing, wash your hands often, and refrain from any unnecessary travel beyond to exclusion areas or beyond the travel radius.


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