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Blackfeet Incident Command updated its COVID-19 restrictions last week with the new resolutions in effect until Aug. 14. In one shift, alcohol sales are now allowed on the Reservation seven days a week, but remain restricted to the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The motion was made by Councilman Mark Pollock, seconded by Scott Kipp and carried unanimously, 8-0. The move likely comes as a relief to local retailers whose income was affected by the restricted sales.

The Tribe is also “recommending” folks continue to stay at home unless engaged in essential activities such as obtaining medical services and food, “and to engage in spiritual, mental, physical and emotional well-being activities until Aug. 14.” These activities are allowed among members of the same household or established cohorts. All outdoor activities are encouraged as long as large gatherings are avoided.

The resolution goes on to formally prohibit large social gatherings of more than 25 people or with non-conforming cohorts as per Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.

The resolution restates all the CDC guidelines of social distancing, avoiding crowds, wearing masks, hand washing and sanitizing. In addition, the mask mandate for people over two years of age continues in all public places.

Finally, the following announcement was made regarding use of Tribal campgrounds. “The Tribal campgrounds will reopen July 31 to all residents of the Blackfeet Reservation only. Camping is free of charge until further notice. Be advised there are no services provided; the store at Chewing Black Bones and Red Eagle will not be open; no sale of firewood, ice, etc. We will not be responsible for any thefts, accidents, or any COVID related illnesses. You camp or picnic at your own risk. Reminder that we are still under Tribal Ordinance 121; please adhere to the PPE and social distancing restrictions.

“The resolution also cautions, watch your children if swimming in the lakes and be bear aware. We will have a crew of campground workers who will be sanitizing the comfort stations every three hours. No fireworks, alcohol or drugs allowed. No off-reservation visitors allowed.’

If you have any questions, please contact Gayle Skunkcap Jr. at 338-2111, ext. 2157, or his assistant, Megan Rider, at 338-2111, ext. 2156.

Please keep our campgrounds clean, pick up your trash as you leave and empty in the dumpsters available.

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