Recommendations for Tribal Ceremonies and Gatherings During the COVID-19 Outbreak   [open pdf - 757KB]

From the Document: "Tribal ceremonies such as 'sweat lodge', 'social gatherings' and 'seasonal ceremonies', and larger gatherings such as 'pow wows' and 'rodeos', are a vital part of cultural identity and common and traditional practices in tribal communities. CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] offers the following recommendations to help tribal communities, elders, and leaders decide how best to keep their communities safe and work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]. These considerations are meant to support-- not replace--tribal laws, rules, and regulations aimed at protecting the health of tribal communities. The more people who attend a ceremony or gathering, the closer they are to one another, and the longer they gather together, the higher the risk of spreading COVID-19. The 'higher the level of community transmission' in the area that the gathering is being held, the risk of COVID-19 spreading during a gathering. It is important to take steps now to protect tribal community members from getting sick before, during, and after participation in tribal ceremonies or other gatherings."

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