The CRIT Tribal Council has voted to continue the Safer At Home Resolution until May 31, continuing modest restrictions put into place to slow the spread of COVID-19.
In mid-March, the Safer at Home Resolution replaced the more restrictive Stay At Home Resolution that had been in place since late December.
Indian Health Service reported just four new positive COVID-19 cases between March 13, 2021 and April 23, 2021, which is a significant reduction in cases compared to prior months. Since December Indian Health Services has been administering vaccinations for COVID-19.
However, a greater percentage of the tribal and non-tribal community needs to be vaccinated before additional mitigation efforts can be lifted.
“All residents on the CRIT reservation are reminded to follow the CRIT Safer at Home Resolution along with the Reservation wide face mask requirement, in order to protect themselves and their households,” read a statement on the Manataba Messenger Facebook page. “Everyone is also reminded to limit contact with anyone who is not a member of your immediate household.”
Among the provisions of the Safer at Home Resolution is a requirement for face masks to be worn in public areas on Tribal land. These included businesses on Tribal land, including Walmart, Safeway and the other stores in the Moovalya Plaza Shopping Center, and both Running Man Fuel locations.
Face masks are required for all Tribal employees and everyone doing business in the Tribal office complex at Mohave Road and Second Avenue.
The Tribes’ largest and best-know enterprise, the BlueWater Resort & Casino, is open, but with restrictions due to the pandemic. Face masks are required, and social distancing rules are in place. There are limits on the number of people in shops, restaurants and bars, and all large gatherings and special events have been cancelled until further notice.
For more information, go to their website, www.bluewaterfun.com.
Tribal Chairwoman Amelia Flores said, “Great progress has been made to slow down the pandemic but we have not yet reached the point where we can safely lift remaining restrictions. We will get there, but we need to proceed smartly and in abundance of caution.”
According to the latest information on the Tribes’ Manataba Messenger Facebook page, the most recent new coronavirus case among Tribal members was April 30. There have been 854 cases among Tribal members who tested at Indian Health Services. None of these cases are hospitalized. As of May 3, there had been 17 coronavirus-related deaths among Tribal members.
Pioneer reporter John Gutekunst contributed to this story.