Akwesasne officials move to restrict private gatherings

AKWESASNE (WWNY) - St. Regis Mohawk tribal officials are restricting gatherings because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials say it’s in response to a rise in cases in recent weeks. More than 100 community members are under quarantine.

A directive that went into effect Friday said there should be no indoor gatherings with more that 10 people whoe are not part of the same family “bubble.”

Outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people.

“This includes gatherings with those who do not reside in your home where there is no mask wearing, hand washing, social distancing, screening questions, temperature checks, or logging of attendance,” a release from the tribe says.

People who violate the order could be fined up to $1,500 for the first offense and $5,000 for repeat offenses.

The new directive does not apply to local businesses or public gatherings that use approved safety protocols, but “is intended to deter community spreader events, such as large parties and other social gatherings in uncontrolled environments where there are no safety protocols.”

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