Kahnawake planning on June 1 reopening of some businesses

KAHNAWAKE

The Mohawk community of Kahnawake has set June 1 as the reopening date for some of its businesses, one week after the date set for the reopening of non-essential businesses in Montreal.

The golf club and retail stores such as smoke shacks will be allowed to open during phase one of the reopening plan with the appropriate safety and public health measures.

On hold are places where social distancing would be difficult: gaming houses, poker rooms, sit-down restaurants, beauty salons, bars, gyms and social clubs.

Commissioner of public safety Lloyd Phillips said businesses have been asking about a reopening date and they wanted to give them some hope and time to get ready. 

But Phillips added that June 1 is a goal that could change depending what happens in neighbouring Montreal. The date of May 25 has already been put into question.

"It's a target date - there's nothing set in stone. We're going to assess that. If Quebec changes its date, we'll have to take that under serious consideration," said Phillips in an interview with CJAD 800.

"I certainly wouldn't want to have our industries opening and see what happens in some parts of the U.S. where you have 1000's of people flocking into the community to purchase goods and causing exposures, potential exposures (to COVID-19)."

Phillips said they have already given out fines to non-residents who have gone to Kahnawake to buy tobacco products even though the shops have been closed since March 21.

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