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This is not the time’: Heiltsuk Nation tells yachters they can’t visit during COVID-19 pandemic – CBC

by ahnationtalk on April 6, 202076 Views

First Nation on B.C.’s Central Coast monitoring access points and turning visitors away due to pandemic risk

Apr 06, 2020

Despite daily exhortations from health-care officials to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and repeated pleas by remote communities to stay away, the Heiltsuk Nation on B.C.’s Central Coast says travellers in yachts and sailboats are still trying to access their shores — and being turned away.

On March 27, the Heiltsuk issued a bylaw banning non-residents and non-Heiltsuk from entering their territory, including Bella Bella, to avoid bringing infection into the community. Essential workers including health-care staff are exempt.

On Saturday, the First Nation turned away two sailboats en route to Alaska, and have stopped other vessels from docking, said Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett.

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