General News · 5th December 2020
Klahoose First Nation to limit Christmas travel
The Nation announces enhanced measures following the lead of many rural BC First Nation communities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- DECEMBER 5, 2020
KLAHOOSE TERRITORY- To protect its members and the health of neighbouring communities Klahoose First Nation has announced it will enact a total travel ban, restricting outside visitors until December 27th.
The small rural Nation with limited health services is taking this step out of an abundance of caution after experiencing a small cluster of cases last week. The travel ban is consistent with the broader provincial travel ban restricting all non-essential travel across B.C.
Island health officials have established December 27th as the formal ‘all clear’ date for Klahoose, meaning the village will have gone through two consecutive 14 day periods since the last positive case.
“We know we are asking a lot of our members” said Chief Kevin Peacey, “Christmas is a time for family and being together, but by protecting Elders and those with vulnerable health, we are ensuring we will all be together to celebrate in the future.”
Tla’amin Nation announced a similar travel ban last week asking all away-from-home members not to return to the village over the Christmas break this year.
A rapid community response including lockdown measures, disciplined adherence to household bubbles, in-community testing and delivery of food and other essential items is credited with slowing and stopping the spread of Covid-19 at Klahoose Nation.
For members who are in the village Chief Kevin Peacey notes “Klahoose is one of the safest places to be right now, and that’s because the community pulled together and enacted a strong and disciplined response to this crisis.”
Chief Kevin Peacey