Tribal Council extends face mask mandate | News | – Parker Pioneer

The Colorado River Indian Tribes’ Tribal Council has approved a resolution mandating face masks in indoor areas on reservation lands, regardless of the individual’s coronavirus vaccination status.

The resolution, which was approved at a special meeting Aug. 9, noted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has classified the coronavirus transmission rate in the counties the reservation is in as “high.” Neighboring counties are also listed as having high transmission rates.

As of their last report on Aug. 4, the Tribes said there had been 1,972 cases among Tribal members tested at Indian Health Services. There have been 26 virus-related deaths. More than 40 percent of Tribal members have or have had the virus.

The resolution mandates that masks be worn inside all businesses on Tribal lands and in Tribal offices. There are exceptions, as people are not required to wear masks in their homes with their immediate family members

Some of the provisions of the resolution are shown below:

“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings at all times:

1) Persons two years old and younger; and

2) Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents them safely wearing a face covering including persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance; and

3) Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication; and

4) Persons for who wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following specific settings are exempt from face covering requirements:

1) Persons in a car alone or solely with members of their own household;

2) Persons who are working alone in a closed office or room;

3) Persons who are obtaining medical, dental, or cosmetic services where removal of face covering is necessary to perform the service;

4) Persons who are incarcerated;

5) Workers who wear respiratory protections; and

6) Persons are not required to wear a mask indoors in public places while eating or drinking.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that businesses that fail to take measures to implement this mandate could be subject to sanctions including enforcement under the penalties of Resolution No. 54-20 for intentional violations or enforcement through lease and business license requirements; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution shall take effect August 9, 2021 and shall remain until Tribal Council, in consultation with public health officials, determines that the threat has decreased or increased and the mandate needs to be further modified; and

BE IT FURTHER AND FINALLY RESOLVED the Tribal Council Chairwoman and Secretary, or their designated representatives, are hereby authorized and directed to execute any and all documents necessary to implement this Resolution.”

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