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These guidelines on holiday travel will help you celebrate a happy and safer holiday in Eeyou Istchee. 


Plan your travel

  • For intercommunity travel, check with the local council and PSO for updates about changes to the MSIL, and if there are any other measures in place, especially if you have recently come from an Area of Risk.

  • Make a plan for where you will stay.  

  • If possible, order gifts online to avoid busy shopping areas.  

  • If you have not already received your 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine or a booster shot, call your CMC and schedule an appointment.  

  • If you already have two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, be ready to show your vaccine passport when asked.


Travelling to an Area of Risk

  • In the 2021 holiday season, we strongly encourage people who are considering travel to Areas of Risk to be very cautious. If you are travelling to an Area of Risk, we recommend that you limit the size of gatherings, and take precautions when doing activities. 

  • Being cautious when traveling to an Area of Risk helps protect Eeyou Istchee and means we can have safe and comfortable gatherings in our communities.  

  • If you are traveling to an area that is not considered an Area of Risk, you still need to be cautious.  

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Reminder: Check with your PSO before traveling outside of Eeyou Istchee.

The Cree Nation Government and the Cree Board of Health are closely monitoring our neighbouring areas to assess the risks associated with travel. We are looking for any increase in the number of cases, changes in the regions' ability to manage epidemics, and their ability to conduct contact tracing.

Stay safe while you travel

  • If travelling to another community in Eeyou Istchee, refer to COVID-19 community guidelines. 

  • Follow precautionary measures at all times. 


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Wear your mask

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Wash your hands with warm water and soap often. 

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  • Keep 2 metres (6 feet) distance between people who do not live together. 

  • Be mindful when in public places, like gas stations or shopping areas. 

  • Try to avoid eating out at restaurants.  

  • Order take-out and eat in your hotel room.  

  • Keep a log of the places you visited (with date and times) in case of a COVID-19 outbreak. 

  • Try to stay with your family bubble (for example, bathrooms, sleeping, etc).  

  • Disinfect high-touch surfaces (doorknobs, counters, light switches, etc.) often. 


Before you return home

  • After you return to Eeyou Istchee from an Area of Risk, avoid public places and get a screening test between Day 5 – Day 7.

  • You may be required to self-isolate depending on your vaccination status.

  • If you are a patient or escort traveling with Wiichihiituwin – there are specific requirements for you. Please check with your Wiichihiituwin liaison nurse.  


It's OK to protect one another

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"I still wear a mask to protect you. You still wear a mask to protect me."

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Stay home if you do not feel well.

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Vaccination against COVID-19 is still our best layer of protection.  


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