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July 28 public update

July 29, 2021

There are new guidelines for physical distancing and wearing a mask in Eeyou Istchee and Quebec.


Changes to Precautionary Measures 

There are new guidelines for physical distancing and wearing a mask in Quebec. Here are the minimum requirements in Eeyou Istchee: 

If you’re indoors:  

  • People should keep one metre of distance from people they don’t live with, and continue to wear a mask when needed. 

If you’re outdoors: 

  • People should keep one metre of distance from people they don’t live with. Masks are no longer required. 

Under Eeyou Istchee’s deconfinement plan: 

  • Private indoor gatherings are allowed with up to 50 people.  

  • Private outdoor gatherings are allowed with up to 150 people.  

Larger events (such as sports, assemblies, weddings, funerals) are allowed with up to 250 participants, as long as the venue (place) allows for physical distancing.  

Communities that no longer apply the Mandatory Self-Isolation Law must follow Quebec’s restrictions on gatherings. Under Quebec guidelines: 

  • Indoor gatherings are allowed with a maximum of 10 people (3 households).  

  • Private outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people (3 households). 

Check with your local council for other measures in place.  

The Covid-19 situation in Quebec is stable for now. 


The Cree Health Board encourages people to get fully vaccinated with 2 doses this summer. More than half of all people in Eeyou Istchee (54%) are now fully vaccinated. We would like to see that number go up in the next month. 

  • Two doses provide better protection against the virus, and the Delta variant.  

  • Full vaccination also offers longer-lasting protection against severe forms of the disease.  

If more people are fully vaccinated this summer, we will be better prepared for the fall, and whatever the next phase of the pandemic may bring.  

All youth 12-17, and adults can get their 2nd dose by appointment at the CMC. Our CMCs are experiencing staff shortages this summer, but vaccination is a priority service. We ask that you call your local CMC to make an appointment as soon as possible.  

People who are fully vaccinated with 2 doses do not have to isolate when travelling from an area of risk.  


The following regions are still considered areas of risk: 

  • Laval (Region 13) 

  • North Bay 

  • Timmins  

  • Southern and Central Ontario 

  • Other Canadian provinces. 

Travellers returning from those areas to Eeyou Istchee will have to self-isolate if they are not vaccinated, or have only received 1 dose.  

The following areas are no longer on the map of areas of risk: 

  • Gatineau (Region 7) 

  • National Capital (Ottawa) region 

  • Eastern Ontario 

  • Montreal (Region 6) 

People travelling from regions that are not on the map of areas of risk do not have to isolate. This applies to all travellers, whether they are vaccinated or not.  

You will be required to show your proof of vaccination when you travel. If you don’t have it, visit the Cree Health page for instructions to get it.  

If you are travelling with family members who are not fully vaccinated with 2 doses, contact your Public Safety Officer to find out about specific rules in your community. A list of PSOs is available on the Cree Nation Government’s website in their Public Statement.  


The Health Board encourages people returning to Eeyou Istchee to get a Covid test. This is especially recommended for people who are not vaccinated. Contact the CMC for a test.  



Eeyou Istchee COVID-19 Information

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