Residents of Chateh are under a mandatory two-week lockdown as of 9 a.m. today, according to Dene Tha’ First Nation.
The first nation posted an advisory on social media, which outlines the rules during lockdown.
- Full household lockdown, no one leaves their home
- Nobody in or out of the community, except essential services
- Food support will be put in place for all households in the community
The lockdown “allows for the Nation to act faster and be able to access the critical resources that we will need to protect our members,” reads the notice.
It also clarifies that Chateh residents returning from an isolation centre or from a medical appointment will be allowed back into the community.
“For health and mental health do get fresh air outside but remain close to home,” it adds.
Finally, Dene Tha’ leadership is calling on members to, “Please be respectful towards Authorized Personnel — they are working tirelessly to serve you and protect the health and safety of our members and the community.”
The Alberta government is reporting 264 active cases in Mackenzie County, which includes several communities. Among them, are the three that make up Dene Tha’ First Nation: Chateh, Meander River, and Bushe River.