NESPELEM, WA – The Colville Tribes today imposed a curfew in the Keller District. The curfew is active each day between the hours of 9:00 p.m. through 6:00 a.m.. During this time, all residents of the Reservation, and visitors to the Reservation, must remain indoors. Travel is allowed only if essential, such as to or from a verifiable place of essential employment or to seek urgent medical attention.
The curfew is active immediately and it will remain in place until further notice. Those who violate the curfew may be cited or prosecuted pursuant to the Colville Tribal Code. The previously announced curfew in the Inchelium District also continues in effect until further notice.
The Chairman of the Colville Tribes, Rodney Cawston, said,
“Unfortunately, COVID-19 has continued to spread across the Colville Reservation, and it is now the Keller District experiencing a severe outbreak of COVID-19 infections. As of December 21, there are 15 active cases of COVID-19 in Keller and a number of other people in quarantine while they await test results or to see if symptoms develop. It is absolutely necessary to impose this curfew to preserve the peace, health, safety, and welfare of the Reservation and all surrounding communities. This curfew will minimize in-person interactions, which is the primary way the virus spreads.”