Encouraged but not required: LLBO Tribal Council lifts mandatory portion of mask mandate

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CASS LAKE, MINN.- At their regular meeting on June 3rd, 2021 the Leech Lake Tribal Council voted to end the mandatory portion of the tribal mask mandate. Effective immediately, the required use of masks at Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe businesses, offices and other properties will become optional with the exception of healthcare, congregate living and educational facilities including early childhood and the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig school.

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Government offices will continue to operate at a limited capacity for the next four weeks with a full reopening date set for July 1, 2021.

Band members, employees and community members are strongly encouraged to continue taking safety precautions and practicing social distancing when possible, especially if unvaccinated or displaying COVID-19 symptoms.

“We are thankful to our community for masking up and following the COVID safety guidelines over the past 16 months” said Faron Jackson, Sr., Chairman of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. “This has put us in a position where we can begin taking steps towards returning to pre pandemic norms. While we move towards this goal, I urge everyone to remain vigilant and strongly encourage everyone to get the vaccine as soon as possible.”

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