The Colorado River Indian Tribes have issued a statement reminding everyone that the Tribal Council’s “stay-at-home” order is still in place and will remain in effect until May 31.
“The Colorado River Indian Tribes’ decision to extend the Stay at Home Resolution until May 31 remains in place despite a decision by the state of Arizona to relax some rules as of May 15,” the statement on the Tribes’ Manataba Messenger Facebook page said. “While Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has released his own criteria to re-open the State of Arizona on May 15, the rules set forth in the CRIT resolution will remain in place on the CRIT Reservation until the end of the month.”
The statement was also sent to local news media.
The Tribal Council resolution, No. 54-20, was originally approved April 1, and was set to expire April 30. On April 27, the Tribal Council extended the resolution to May 31.
Among its provisions, the order required all non-essential businesses to close and non-essential personnel to stay home. This applied to all people who reside on the reservation, Tribal members and non-Tribal members alike. All organized recreational activities are cancelled. Access to the Colorado River from the CRIT reservation is closed, gatherings of more than six people are banned if they are not from the same household, and only one person from a household may go out on ‘essential business’ at a time. There is also a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew for reservation residents.
“During this time CRIT, will take a cautious approach in preparations for reopening the reservation,” the statement released May 15 said.
The statement also directly addressed the Tribes’ BlueWater Resort & Casino, The BlueWater has been closed since March 20.
“We would also like to reiterate our biggest enterprise the BlueWater Resort and Casino has no date set for reopening,” the statement said. “There continues to be discussions and planning as to what that reopening will look like.”
“The Colorado River Indian Tribes is doing all it can to limit infections in the area,” the statement concluded. “We remain committed to working with everyone within our sovereign tribal lands to limit the spread of the Coronavirus for the health, safety and welfare of all. Thank you all for your patience and understanding in continuing to keep our community safe.”
As of May 15, there have been 39 cases of the coronavirus in La Paz County, and 14 of those have been Tribal members. The majority of the other cases have been from a workplace in the McMullen Valley in the eastern part of the county.