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Navajo Nation modifies daily, weekend curfews amid COVID-19 pandemic

Noel Lyn Smith
Farmington Daily Times
The Navajo Police Department conducts a checkpoint in Hogback on April 1 to share information about the curfew order on the Navajo Nation.

FARMINGTON — Curfews for residents on the Navajo Nation will be modified starting this weekend.

Residents have been under daily and weekend curfews designed to limit contact and restrict movement in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said that the daily curfew will be revised to start at 9 p.m., but the end time will remain at 5 a.m.

Nez announced a 32-hour curfew for this weekend, starting at 9 p.m. Aug. 8 and ending at 5 a.m. Aug. 10. He did not say if the curfew will remain in effect for additional weekends.The president announced the changes on Aug. 4 during an online town hall meeting organized by his office.

A screenshot shows Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez talking about the reinstated weekend curfew during a town hall meeting on June 16 on Facebook.

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Nez said easing restrictions will take place gradually because there are concerns some individuals will take advantage of it.

The Navajo Department of Health will issue a public health emergency order that reflects the time changes, a spokesperson with the Navajo Health Command Operations Center said.

There were 17 new cases of COVID-19 for the tribe reported by health agencies on Aug. 4, in addition to one death related to the disease.

According to the report, the total number of positive cases has reached 9,156 and the death toll is 463. There are 6,747 people who have recovered while 82,708 people were tested.

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Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 or by email at nsmith@daily-times.com.

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