The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is advising the community that the limit for social gatherings has been reduced as a result of rising cases of COVID-19 in Ontario. Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that private, unmonitored social gathering limits have been reduced to a limit of 10 for indoor gatherings and 25 for outdoor gatherings. The lowered restrictions are province-wide and effective immediately.
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has officially reduced the social gathering limits in our region in accordance with the provincial ruling; MCA follows the guidelines of the EOHU.
The new restrictions apply to: Functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, BBQs, or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, parks, and other recreational areas.
The new restrictions do not apply to: Events or gatherings held in staffed businesses and facilities (such as bars, restaurants, cinemas, convention centres, banquet halls, gyms, places of worship, recreational sporting, or performing art events). Existing rules, including public health and workplace safety measures for these businesses and facilities, continue to be in effect.
It is vital for the community to continue adhering to recommendations that are in place to protect us all. Ontario’s latest statistics revealed an increase of 400 positive cases of COVID-19 in one day. We cannot let our guards down. Continue to practice all safety precautions, including the wearing of masks, regular hand washing, and maintaining six feet/two metres of distance from others. Limit social gatherings and avoid unnecessary travel.
We can all do our part to keep Akwesasne safe. We are all in this together.