A checkpoint is being set up outside of Fort Chipewyan to help stop the COVID-19 virus from entering the community.
The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Mikisew Cree First Nation, and Fort Chipewyan Métis Association are establishing the site to monitor who enters the hamlet throughout the winter and spring.
It’s being put up at the turnoff to Allison Bay which will allow them to check people traveling by air or the winter road.
“Since there are no provincial or municipal travel restrictions in place and given the devastating impacts that a COVID-19 outbreak may have in Fort Chipewyan as a remote, isolated Indigenous community, local community leadership is compelled to do what we can to keep Fort Chipewyan safe,” said Allan Adam, ACFN Chief.
The Fort Chipewyan Winter Road officially opened for light vehicles back on December 31.
Only essential travel is being asked to use the road. This includes vehicles delivering supplies to the rural hamlet and those traveling to access essential services.
There have been at least two known cases of the virus in the community. These individuals have since recovered.
“Thanks to the teamwork of ACFN, MCFN, and FCMA we have the opportunity to ensure the well-being of our community during a challenging period,” added Peter Powder, MCFN Chief.