Blood Tribe Emergency Management COVID-19 Response – Thanksgiving Day Weekend Public Notice – (October 8, 2021)

Please remember that any type of gathering outside of your household increases the risk of contracting COVID-19; it is best to limit any dinners to only include your household/cohort/bubble.

The Blood Reserve is currently facing higher COVID-19 active cases and all Departments and Entities are working within their areas to quickly lower the numbers. As we move into Thanksgiving Day Weekend, remember that last year the province experienced a surge in cases immediately afterward. If you are attending any off-reserve events off then arrange to get tested 2-3 days after the event, or if you are experiencing any symptoms then call (403) 737-8411 to schedule testing.

If you choose to gather with loved ones this weekend – please follow the mandatory provincial restrictions that were announced on Oct. 5/21:

Indoor Social Gatherings
• Vaccinated: Indoor private social gatherings are limited to 2 households (yours plus one other) up to a maximum of 10 vaccine-eligible, vaccinated people and no restrictions on children under 12.
• Unvaccinated: Indoor social gatherings are not permitted for vaccine-eligible people who are unvaccinated.
• This restriction does not apply to mutual support groups, or to workers who need to access your home to provide caregiving support or home repairs and maintenance.

Outdoor Social Gatherings
• Outdoor private social gatherings limited to a maximum of 20 people, with 2 metre physical distancing between households at all times.

Our children under the age of 12 cannot receive the vaccine and KBE is being proactive by transitioning to online classes for a week after Thanksgiving Day. Blood Tribe Health professionals recently reported that approximately 40 of our children COVID-19, so please ensure their safety by limiting interactions and staying home.

Thank you for your continued diligence in following all public health measures and doing what you can to stop the spread of COVID-19. Our thoughts and prayers are with our families, combatting the virus and dealing with recent losses.

Stay Safe Kainaiwa.

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