Cherokee Nation gives reopening tips to community organizations

BY STAFF REPORTS
06/19/2020 11:30 AM
TAHLEQUAH – In a May 29 teleconference meeting between Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., Cherokee Nation Community and Cultural Outreach officials and CN Public Health Officials, recommendations were made for the reopening of Cherokee community organizations and facilities.

“Cherokee Nation continues to monitor COVID-19 and the effects of the state and local governments openings,” CCO Director Kevin Stretch stated in an email to community leaders. “Cherokee Nation Public Health Officials, in the recent Zoom meeting, provided guidance to Cherokee community organizations and facilities anxious to restart normal operations,”

According to CCO and Public Health officials, recommendations for June included:

• Strictly follow Centers for Disease Control recommendations such facility sterilization, personal protective equipment (PPE), personal hygiene, etc;

• Follow CDC guidelines for at-risk attendees. Guidelines can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/index.html;

• Keep gatherings to less than 10 people;

• Having an event outdoors is better than indoors;

• If indoors, fresh air circulation is desired;

• Observe strict social distancing of at least 6 feet;

• Wear masks at all times (per Hoskin’s executive order);

• Sanitize/sterilize thoroughly, repeatedly; and

• No communal food sharing. Families eat only what they prepare themselves and don’t offer others the same food.

Stretch said CDC guidance regarding COVID-19 and social distancing can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html.

“Ultimately organizational leaders have the responsibility and assume the liability of whether to operate in disregard to Cherokee Nation recommendations,” Stretch said.

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