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Public Information Officer James McNeely reports that as of Monday, Jan. 25, the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council met and resolved to enter into “Phase 2,” called a “restricted opening.” Therefore, the Stay-at-Home Order will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, and limited activities will be allowed.

This means that community members are encouraged to severely limit their interactions with households other than their own and to consider forming “social cohorts,” which are defined as small, self-contained groups of people who limit their interactions outside the cohort.

While some restrictions have been loosened, masks are still required in all public places and are likely to be required for the foreseeable future.

For those considering off-reservation travel, it is recommended that a period of voluntary self-quarantine for 10 days be observed if a person participates in activities off-reservation that are at high risk for spreading COVID-19. Examples of this include large in-person gatherings and going to bars.

At this point, Tribal campgrounds and other open spaces for gathered public recreation can be reopened at the discretion of the BTBC.

The curfew remains in place, but now runs from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Churches and ceremonies are now being allowed if they remain at 25% capacity.

Most businesses may now open at reduced capacity, but open businesses must be able to comply with minimum standards, and only 50% of maximum occupancy will be allowed for in-person transactions in most businesses.

Other restrictions include - Dining or restaurant establishments are curbside only; financial: bank lobby open at 50% capacity; salons, barbers and tattoo parlors: appointment only and allow time for cleaning between appointments; lodging: must follow CDC guidelines; campgrounds and parks: open with limited capacity.

Businesses are also encouraged to screen employees for COVID symptoms at the beginning of every shift, and businesses are encouraged to ensure adequate ventilation and air purification.

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