FORT BELKNAP, Mont. (NMB) – The Fort Belknap Indian Community Council has decided to extend the partial shutdown of the Reservation through the end of February.
However, the Incident Command Team has determined that the Reservation will enter Phase 1 of their reopening plan beginning on March 1st. It is unclear what Phase 1 entails, as a copy of Phase 1 of the reopening plan has not been released to the public.
The shutdown initially went into place on October 2nd, and has now been extended several times. It was modified to a partial shutdown in early December to allow stores to remain open until 8 PM and to allow alcohol sales.
The curfew, travel restrictions, and quarantine and isolation restrictions remain in place.
As of the evening of February 18th, 405 total COVID-19 cases have been reported on the Fort Belknap Reservation. As of that update, eight cases were active, 385 had recovered, and 12 had died.