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COVID-19 update: Six Nations Daycare closures, travel ban for council, staff working from home

COVID-19 update: Six Nations Daycare closures, travel ban for council, staff working from home

OHSWEKEN — Six Nations of the Grand River has taken additional action Saturday to announce several closures in an effort to prevent COVID-19 spread in the community. Effective immediately SNGR announced the closure of Six Nations Daycare Centres, Six Nations Bingo Hall and all community events until April 6th. The council imposed a travel ban

OHSWEKEN — Six Nations of the Grand River has taken additional action Saturday to announce several closures in an effort to prevent COVID-19 spread in the community.

Effective immediately SNGR announced the closure of Six Nations Daycare Centres, Six Nations Bingo Hall and all community events until April 6th.

The council imposed a travel ban for all SNGR council members and employees.

All SNGR Parks and Recreation facilities are closed until April 6th: this includes Chiefswood Park, Gaylord Powless Arena and the Six Nations Sports and Cultural Memorial Grounds, Six Nations Community Hall, Dajoh Youth and Elders Centre.

SNGR also announced plans are in development for non-essential staff to work from home until April 6.

Iroquois Lodge announced Friday it was closing to visitors. Going forward SNGR will also implement health screenings for anyone entering any department that remains open.

In a statement Sunday, SNGR said they are encouraging all Six Nations members to practice social distancing by limiting exposure to large crowds and keeping a recommended one meter between people.

SNGR says traditional ceremonies are essential to the wellbeing of community members and say the recommendations do not impact those ceremonies, that they will continue to run as planned.

Ohsweken Public Health says anyone with shortness of breath, fever and cough should contact the Public Health Office at 519-445-2672 ahead of travelling to local hospitals in order to minimize the spread of the virus.

At this time there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Six Nations.

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Nahnda Garlow

Nahnda Garlow

Nahnda Garlow is Onondaga under the wing of the Beaver Clan of Six Nations. Nahnda has been a journalist with the Two Row Times since it's founding in 2013. She is a self-proclaimed "rez girl" who brings to the Two Row Times years of experience as a Haudenosaunee cultural interpreter, traditional dancer and beadwork aficionado. Nahnda is a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association.

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