Fort William First Nation Opening Retail Outlets

Chief Peter Collins and Council provide an update on Fort William First Nation
Chief Peter Collins and Council provide an update on Fort William First Nation

FORT WILLIAM FN – Fort William First Nation Council has recently made a decision to allow the opening of retail outlets on their reserve. On Tuesday, May 5th, the stores opened to all general public. There are new operating requirements put in place.

The stores will be open limited hours (8:00 am to 4:00 pm), social distancing must be practiced, there will be limits to customers in stores and additional cleaning procedures.

The stores must follow and remain up to date with all of the safety requirements by the Canada Labour Code and The Thunder Bay District Health Unit. The main residential area of Fort William First Nation will continue to only allow residents to access this area.

Our priority is to ensure our community and our members are safe during this unprecedented health crisis. We continue to encourage members of the public to comply with all recommendations from public health experts to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Our leadership has procedures in place to deal with situations of occupational exposure to communicable diseases. These policies are reviewed regularly so that we can respond to specific challenges such as COVID-19.

We can confirm no local members have tested positive for COVID-19 and we hope that trend continues.

We continue to support all our members and will continue to make decisions that help limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community. We strongly advise our members to continue following the advice of the Thunder Bay District Health Unit with respect to self-screening, social distancing, frequent hand-washing with soap, and practicing self-isolation, as advised by the public health authorities.