For Immediate Release

December 17, 2020

NESPELEM – The Colville Reservation is now closed to non-essential visitors until midnight on May 31, 2021. The previous end-of-year closure date has been extended as part of the Colville Tribes’ ongoing effort to stall the spread of COVID-19 within the Colville Reservation.

Access remains allowed for tribal members, non-member residents of the Reservation, employees of the Tribes, delivery, postal and food services, and other pre-approved essential services or outside agency personnel. The state highways on the Reservation also remain open to traffic passing through. These include Highways 155, 97, and 21.

Strict enforcement of general public health rules continues. Individuals must continue to comply with any public health orders they personally receive.

Rodney Cawston, Chairman of the Colville Tribes, said, “The Colville Reservation continues to be threatened by a spike in COVID-19 cases. Like most other places in the country, the health emergency on the Reservation is as serious right now as it has been at any time of this ongoing crisis. Vaccines are beginning to be distributed and we hope that conditions might be safer by next summer. But right now we must redouble our efforts to keep our people safe until this pandemic has passed.”

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