Quickly Access COVID-19 Directives for Eeyou Istchee
The last case for Eeyou Istchee was May 1st, 2020 demonstrating that the commitment of the leadership and people of Eeyou Istchee to the current approach is sound.
Therefore, Phase 2 can proceed in accordance with the following measures and restrictions:
A maximum of 5 households are allowed to meet outdoors, given adequate ventilation and space to allow physical distancing between people from different households. It is important to continue avoiding direct contacts (shaking hands, hugs, etc.), as well as the sharing of food, utensils, etc. Individual sports that can be practiced outside are also allowed (walking, jogging, cycling, etc.). Team sports will resume in Phase 3 only.
Indoor social gatherings are now allowed, for a maximum of 2 households, and only those visited already during Goose Break.
But only if all precautionary measures are in place, including screening for symptomatic workers, self-isolating those who travelled to areas of risk, as well as making sure both workers and clients are observing hygienic and physical distancing measures recommended.
Specialists services, dentistry, or other services, as per local CMC capacity.
Daycare centres will continue to increase their capacity to receive children of parents gradually returning to work. Just like for other local businesses and organizations, centres need to have in place all precautionary measures including screening for symptomatic workers, self-isolating those who travelled to areas of risk, as well as making sure hygienic and physical distancing measures recommended are observed. Each centre should increase the number of children it can accommodate according to its rhythm of adaptation to the measures required; a maximum of 75% of the usual capacity is targeted for Phase 3 only. In addition, day camps will also be allowed to reopen only in Phase 3.
Gradual reopening of restaurants is permitted as part of opening of local business in Phase 2 of Eeyou Istchee deconfinement plan. The following conditions are provided to manage the risk associated with the activity in Cree communities.
I.1 Monitoring the risk and health status of workers
If there is a case of COVID-19 in the workplace, public health will have to investigate sick worker’s contacts with other people. Depending on the assessment, other workers might also have to be tested and self-isolate for 14 days.
I.2 Promoting physical distancing measures
I.3 Promote hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
I.4 Ensure adequate disinfection:
While it is still unclear whether COVID-19 is transmittable through food, respecting good hygienic practices while providing healthy food options are recommended.
II.1. Client reception desk, and the building entrances
II.2. Employees in contact with food
II.3. Physical arrangement of the table service
Many community members have reached out asking when church services can be held again in Eeyou Istchee. Although they cannot yet be conducted in their usual “pre-COVID” fashion, it is certainly possible to plan church services which respect COVID-19 precautionary measures.
Although large indoor gatherings might have to wait until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, this does mean that church services cannot resume, while still respecting the current limits. Indeed, as long as church services are held in a way which respects physical distancing measures as well as the size limits imposed on the social gathering (limited to 2 households indoors or 5 households outdoor), there is no reason to withhold these activities.
Important caution: Although COVID-19 is not considered to be an airborne disease, some recent research suggests that singing may at times produce aerosols, which could increase the probability of viral transmission. Outdoor services are therefore highly preferable to indoor ones.
The following specific conditions are provided to manage the risk associated with the activity in Cree communities:
Before entering the church service site, whether indoors or outdoors, community members should be asked the following 3 questions:
Note: Temperature taking is not recommended because the results are unreliable; COVID-19 cases do not always present with fever.
Some of the sport and recreational activities can be practiced as of Phase 2, to the extent that they comply with the current social gathering restrictions.
For example, as of Phase 2, all sports can be practiced, as long as the following precautionary measures can be respected:
While the majority of the guidelines below contribute to mitigating the COVID risk associated with these activities within groups of all ages, the last section presents recommendations that are specific for holding activities with children and youth.
V-Measures specific for activities aimed at children and youth
We would like to remind everyone that we all have a part to play in ensuring deconfinement is safe and successful for our communities:
Observe respiratory etiquette (Cough/sneeze in your sleeve. Throw used tissue in a closed garbage can).
Avoid touching your face (especially your mouth, nose, or eyes)
Thoroughly clean and disinfect public spaces
Maintain a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) when in public places, particularly among vulnerable
people, including Elders and those with underlying health conditions
Stay home if you are sick, or if you have been exposed to the virus
Limit non-essential travel. Mandatory 14-day self-isolation after traveling to a high-risk region will continue.
Regions considered “high risk” will change as the situation evolves.