Menominee government initiates new shutdown

Curfew reinstated from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin incident command issued a new order today affecting the operations of tribal government and the community due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.

As of Sept. 14, there have been 36 individuals who tested positive in Menominee County, with seven active cases. In Shawano County, the number of positive tests is 410 with 112 active cases, according to the Shawano-Menominee Counties Health Department.

This order is more comprehensive that previous shutdowns and is effective at 10 p.m. Sept. 16, according to an announcement on the tribe’s website from Jonathan Wilber, tribal administrator.

The order:

• Transitions schools to virtual learning only

• Closes the daycare, Head Start

• Converts restaurants to carry out service only,

• Closes bars and the casino

• Restricts places of worship to livestream services only

• Places Menominee Tribal Enterprises on telework status

• Reinstates a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily

For tribal employees, the order requires that all Menominee tribal government buildings are closed to staff and for in-person services to the public except the Menominee Tribal Clinic, food distribution, Middle Village Public Safety/Food Preparation Center, tribal detention facility, elections office, community based residential facility, domestic violence shelter, Eagles Nest emergency shelter, and essential areas of the tribal courts as determined by the chief justice.

All other Menominee tribal governmental 0perations should move to telework status except for the chairwoman’s office, police officers, conservation officers, health care workers, child protection staff, housing maintenance staff, tribal facilities staff, IT on-call staff, essential transit services staff, staff who provide any services related to the direct care of elderly, staff involved with assisting families with burial and other benefits, staff who process payroll, employee benefits, or financial information can report to their place of employment as needed.

Access to government services that are not essential for life and safety will be greatly restricted during the duration of this order.

The purpose of this closure is to promote social distancing, limit community spread of COVID-19, and purposely restrict the travel of community members to stop the spread. Tribal members are asked to stay home, not visit others, and travel only for essential life safety matters.