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NFN to close businesses with storefront interactions

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Businesses with storefront sales within the boundaries of the Nipissing First Nation (NFN) will close tomorrow.

In a statement, NFN says the businesses will cease operations for 14-days for the well-being of NFN members and to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The closure comes into effect on Tuesday, April 7 at 4:00 p.m. and lasts until Tuesday, April 21 at 4:00 p.m.

However, NFN council commends the businesses that have closed their stores early, and to those who are providing essential service that will be closing tomorrow.

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“Nipissing First Nation is still not planning to shut down access to our communities,” says Chief Scott McLeod. “Council believes closing our storefront businesses for two weeks starting this Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. until Tuesday, April 21st at 4:00 p.m. will be more effective in limiting the increased traffic into our communities that we have been witnessing, and that we know puts our community members at an increased risk.”

“Their safety and well-being are first and foremost in our decision-making in these difficult times,” he added. “We simply don’t have the resources to restrict access to all the entrances to our territory and if the traffic to the stores dries up, there is no need to do that.”

Arrangements are being made to ensure members can access food and other items they would normally get at the stores closing. Transportation is being provided for medical trips, along with grocery and pharmacy runs, multiple times a week at no charge.

NFN maintains they are not closing access to the reserve.

 

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