The partial shutdown of the CSKT government will continue longer than originally ordered.

First declared on March 16th with the intention of lasting two weeks, Council extended the shutdown. No end date was given, but Council is watching the COVID situation closely. Initially Council said till April 10, then a suggestion was made to make it indefinite, which could be rescinded at any time. Council will review the shut down every two weeks.

The order was originally passed to slow the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. All department heads were directed to establish an essential services schedule. Department heads are firming up plans on what services will remain in place and what employees can work from home.

A number of tribal programs will be scaled back, however, essential services will remain, like elder care, payroll, accounting, IIM and care of vulnerable populations.

The courts are rescheduling cases. Emergency hearings will take place as needed. All Mission Valley Power employees are considered essential.

Again, thank you for your efforts in keeping our people safe. The longer we can keep this viral infection away and limit our exposure, the greater service we will provide. The most effective way to protect yourself and loved ones is to wash your hands frequently. This is not convenient for anyone. Disruptions to work and essential services will happen, but if we can slow the infection and minimize the impact now, these inconveniences will be worth the effort. Please share this notice by posting around offices or sending to other people. More announcements will be posted on CSKT.ORG, your work email, RAVE Alerts and The Char-Koosta News Facebook Page, and the weekly print version of the paper.