Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Reopening Plan

The goal is to reopen the First Nation to business, leisure, and social functions safely.  The factors considered when making decisions on re-opening were:

  • Epidemiology -  Grey Bruce’s COVID-19 infection and vaccination rates and are currently very favourable and even more favourable  in CNUFN;
  • Health Care System Capacity – is favourable for contact tracing and hospitals with ICU beds (many in ICU have been transferred in from other regions);
  • Consistency – whether we can re-open safely and in a manner that is consistent with adjoining counties, regions and the province, manages the expectations of citizens, promotes a sense of fairness, and aids compliance by making it easy for our members to understand what is expected from them.

The Reopening Plan will be communicated broadly to the Community.

  1. Staff – The Provincial ‘Stay at Home Order’ ended on Wednesday June 2, 2021. CNUFN staff are returning to work on Monday June 7, 2021. The pandemic is not over. Staff will continue following all COVID-19 protocols including frequent hand washing, masking, maintaining social distancing.
  1. Visitors – Visitors will again be permitted on the Reserve starting on June 14, 2021. This is consistent with Step 1 of Ontario’s reopening plan, and is based on 60% of Ontario’s adults having received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and provided public health indicators are, or remain, positive, such as hospitalization, ICU occupancy and new admissions and case rates. After June 14, 2021, we will continue to follow all COVID-19 protocols including frequent hand washing, masking, maintaining social distancing.
  1. Businesses – Businesses are to comply with the COVID-19 protocols and may refuse entry or service to a person not wearing a mask. 
  1. Cape Croker Park – The Park will open to Seasonal Campers starting on June 14, 2021, with the Cape Croker Park following its 2021 Reopening Plan and applying the COVID-19 restrictions and the Camper’s Code of Conduct.
  1. Recreational Cottage Lease Lots – Lessees/locates will be allowed to access their cottages starting on June 14, 2021, as per the 2021 Plan for Reopening Recreational Leasing (Cottage) Areas.
  1. North Entrance/Sidney Bay Road – The north entrance at the intersection of Boundary Road and Sydney Bay Road will open as of June 14, 2021.
  1. Monitor Station – The monitor station will be closed as of June 14, 2021. While the speed bumps, signs and physical barriers will be removed, the station itself will remain in place.
  1. State of Emergency – The State of Emergency at CNUFN will continue until at least July 26, 2021.  Should circumstances change such that they again pose a risk to the health and safety of the First Nation, the re-opening may be suspended or retracted.  However, if public health indicators continue to be positive, such as hospitalization, ICU occupancy, new admissions and case rates, Council shall consider further steps towards a safe re-opening of our First Nation as and when circumstances change.  For example, when Ontario decides to move to subsequent steps of its reopening plan, we will review our situation at that time and decide if we can also further reopen in a safe manner.

 All are asked to continue to follow all COVID-19 protocols including frequent hand washing, masking, maintaining social distancing.