CTUIR Incident Command Requires Masks to Be Worn Indoors

 

Mission, OR – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) has issued an immediate order and guidance on mandatory wearing of face masks on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

 

The Incident Command has required Tribal Government and Tribal Enterprises to have staff, visitors and guests wear face masks in our buildings since entering into Tier III Reopening. Governor Kate Brown has announced a requirement, beginning July 1, 2020 for face masks to be worn indoors in all buildings in Oregon. 

 

In order for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) to slow the spread of COVID-19 additional mitigation measures are necessary to protect the health and welfare of the Reservation community.

 

The Incident Command has ordered a requirement that is the same as the State of Oregon.  Masks must be worn, for anyone who enters any and all government, enterprise, or private buildings (excluding personal homes) effective immediately, June 30, 2020. “We must slow and stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Ted Wright, Executive Director and Incident Commander for CTUIR, “we must continue strong mitigation measures to ensure our safety.”

 

“Our community is very vulnerable to this disease and must be vigilant,” said Kathryn Brigham, Board of Trustees Chair, “the safety and health of our community is our top priority and we will do what is necessary to protect our people.”  The spread of COVID-19 continues to grow in Umatilla County, the homelands of the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla tribes.

 

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation is made up of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes, formed under the Treaty of 1855 at the Walla Walla Valley, 12 statute 945. In 1949, the Tribes adopted a constitutional form of government to protect, preserve and enhance the treaty rights guaranteed under federal statute.

 The Full Order Below:

 

Incident Command Order & Guidance

Mandatory Wearing of Face Masks

June 30, 2020

The number of positive COVID-19 cases has risen exponentially in Oregon and throughout our Homelands.

New modeling of the COVID-19 virus shows that COVID-19 is spreading more rapidly in Oregon, according to the latest model released on June 26 by the Oregon Health Authority and the Institute for Disease Modeling.

The modeling shows a continued growth of the spread of COVID-19 unless we follow more stringent mitigation measures. 

The Incident Command has required Tribal Government and Tribal Enterprises to have staff, visitors and guests wear face masks in our buildings since entering into Tier III Reopening. Governor Kate Brown has announced a requirement, beginning July 1, 2020 for face masks to be worn indoors in all buildings in Oregon. 

In order for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) to slow the spread of COVID-19 additional mitigation measures are necessary to protect the health and welfare of our community.

The Incident Command is ordering a requirement that is the same as the State of Oregon.  Masks must be worn, for anyone who enters any and all government, enterprise, or private buildings (excluding personal homes) effective immediately.

The following is guidance for the wearing of face masks:

 

Mask, Face Shield, Face Covering Requirement

 

  • All government/business employees and the general public when visiting any indoor space open to the public will be required to wear a mask, face shield, or face covering unless an individual meets the exemptions listed below.

 

Government/Business

Require employees, contractors, volunteers, customers and visitors to wear a mask, face shield, or face covering, unless an accommodation or exemption is required by law or one of the following exemptions applies.

  • Employees, contractors and volunteers: Masks, face coverings or face shields are not required when eating/drinking or when at or in a location where the employee, contractor or volunteer is not interacting with the public and six (6) or more feet of distance can be maintained between other people. Customers and visitors: Masks, face shields or face coverings are not required in restaurants, bars, breweries, brewpubs, wineries, tasting room and distilleries while eating or drinking.

 

  • Masks, face shields or face coverings are not required when at a business and engaged in an activity that makes wearing a mask, face shield or face covering not feasible, such as strenuous physical exercise, performers singing or playing an instrument if at least six (6) feet of distance is maintained from others.

 

Provide for accommodations and exemptions from the mask, face shield, or face covering requirement for employees, contractors, customers and visitors if such accommodations or exemptions are required by:

  • Federal disabilities laws if applicable, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which protects people with disabilities from discrimination in employment and requires employers to engage in the interactive process for accommodations.
  • Post clear signs about the mask, face shield, or face covering requirements.

 

The Public

Wear a mask, face shield, or face covering when at a business or indoor space open to the public, unless the individual:

  • Is under 12 years of age. Although a mask, face shield, or face covering is recommended for children 2-12.
  • Children 2 or younger should not wear a mask, face shield or face covering.
  • Anyone unable to remove their own mask, face shield or face covering should not wear one.
  • Has a medical condition that makes it hard to breathe when wearing a mask, face shield, or face covering.
  • Has a disability that prevents the individual from wearing a mask, face shield, or face covering.

Previously approved Tier III Reopening Plans are still in place and all mitigation requirements for our entities are still in effect.

Compliance with this mitigation effort is critical to combatting the spread of COVID-19.  Additional measures may need to be taken if the spread of this virus continues to grow.

If you feel or become ill/sick, stay home.  Contact your primary care provider if you are experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms and follow the directions of your health care provider.

For those needing assistance with securing masks contact Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center at (541) 966-9830 or the Department of Children & Family Services at (541) 429-7300.

The CTUIR Emergency Operations Plan, as approved by Resolution 16-023 designates an Incident Command to respond and implement emergency response for the Umatilla Indian Reservation.  That Plan is guided by the U.S. National Incident Command System framework.  That framework focuses on rapid deployment of emergency response and services.

Please stay safe and healthy.

 

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