As of Friday, March 19, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. the Ottawa region is moving into the red-control zone as categorized by Ontario’s provincial COVID-19 framework.  Red is the second highest level of restrictions following the gray-lockdown zone. The Eastern Ontario region including Akwesasne remains in the orange-restrict zone. Akwesasne community members are urged to avoid unnecessary travel to Ottawa. 

The province of Ontario reported over 1550 new cases of COVID-19 today and yesterday with a 7-day rolling average of 1,427, up from 1,251 just one week ago. 

Under red zone restrictions, Ottawa will have decreased capacity limits for shops and restaurants, limits of 5 people (reduced from 10) for any indoor social gathering, and cancellation of any team sports and practices except for training. To read the full framework, visit

The community is also reminded that travel outside the 100-mile radius or to the city of Montreal is restricted for any non-essential purposes and a 14-day quarantine is required for anyone arriving or returning from outside the radius. 

Vaccinating against COVID-19 is strongly encouraged.  The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne advises community members to pre-register for their vaccine by contacting the Community Health Program at 613-575-2341 Ext. 3247 or Ext. 3219.  Or, check the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s website at for vaccine clinic dates being offered to all Akwesasne community members.