COVID-19 Update #7 to Citizens, HFN Residents and OSM Residents

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Hiawatha First Nation Resumption Plan

Aaniin Citizens, HFN Residents and OSM Residents,

On June 11, 2020 the check point station at 881 Hiawatha Line will be taken down. Hiawatha First Nation will be moving into a Stage 1 re-opening process.


  • – Businesses in Hiawatha will be open from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • – Old Railroad Stop (ORRS) Restaurant is curb-side pick up only
  • – Seasonal Cottage Owners will be permitted entry
  • – Seasonal Cottage Renters will be permitted entry

Remaining Closed:

  • – Boat Launch to general public
  • – Beach to general public
  • – Playground to general public
  • – Ball Diamond to general public
  • – Tent & Trailer Park
  • – Administration and Health Offices
  • – Child Care Centre

In order to open our Community, the businesses must have health and safety measures in place, and must be followed by everyone who access these businesses. Should you not comply with the safety measures in place at a business or closed area of Hiawatha you will not be served and asked to leave.

Hiawatha continues to have a “State of Emergency” and “Shelter in Place” in effect. The Province of Ontario also has their Declaration of Emergency in place under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

These orders limit social gatherings to 5 people or less (effective Friday, June 12, 10 people will be allowed) with implementation of social distancing, hand hygiene, and sanitization measures, and only those with whom you live should be in your home.

You must continue to:

  • – Have only the people you live with inside your home
  • – Limit gatherings to 10 people, keeping preventive measures in place
  • – Leave two metres (6 feet) between yourself and next person
  • – Frequently wash hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • – Cough or sneeze into your sleeve
  • – Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • – Avoid touching your face
  • – We recommend wearing a face mask in public, especially at Hiawatha places of business

Please Note: Violation of gathering orders will be reported to the police and fines will be issued. If you are aware of any persons violating this order please call OPP at 1-888-310-1122 to reach the Provincial Communications Centre.

We will continue to use every tool at our disposal to protect the health and safety of our Citizens, HFN and OSM Residents during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The actions taken to date by Hiawatha, and by everyone who stayed home and practiced social distancing made the difference, and allowed for us to begin our Stage 1 re-opening phase.

We still have a way to go with this pandemic and each and everyone of us must take responsibility and continue to practise all measures put into place, including social distancing, hand hygiene, and sanitization to keep each other safe. These measures are also vital for us to be able to move into our Stage 2 re-opening phase.

In closing, we would like to say “Chi-Miigwetch” to all of you for your patience and kindness during this time of closure of our Community. We look forward to Stage 1 of our re-opening and thank you in advance for continuing to follow health and safety measures.

“Our Citizens and Community remain our first priority and we will work to mitigate risks for best possible outcomes moving forward through the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Business Resumption Plan is available here.