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Community members who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear a mask outdoors, according to a press release from the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Emergency Operations Center, while unvaccinated individuals are required to wear masks when six-foot social distancing cannot be maintained. Alexander Violo/Malone Telegram

AKWESASNE — The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Emergency Operations Center, announced changes to their mask requirements, Tuesday, dropping the need for vaccinated individuals to wear masks outside.

Regardless of vaccination status, community members are still required to wear masks indoors, in all public places, including businesses and workplaces, according to a press release from Brendan White, the Tribe’s director of communications.

Unvaccinated individuals are still required to wear masks outdoors when six-feet of social distancing cannot be maintained, according to White’s press release.

The decision to lift the mask requirements for vaccinated individuals outdoors was made in recognition of recent vaccination efforts, and a low number of new positive COVID-19 cases under Tribal jurisdiction, according to White’s press release.

For just the second time since the first positive case was reported in Akwesasne, during March 2020, the Tribe’s Emergency Operations Center reported now new active cases of the virus, Tuesday.

Additionally, there are no individuals in quarantine under Tribal jurisdiction in the southern portion of Akwesasne, according to White’s press release.

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Health Services is offering walk-in vaccine clinics on Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the former-IGA building on State Route 37 in Akwesasne.

The walk-in clinic is open to all individuals 12 and older, while minors need to be accompanied by a parent.

Tribal Health Services can be reached at 518-333-0230 for further information.

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