Pinehouse pushes to slow COVID-19 spread with curfew

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The Northern Village of Pinehouse has instated a curfew following the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Residents will be unable to appear in public or drive between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., a Wednesday news release said. It added that the curfew will be in place until the village's state of emergency is over.

A first offence will result in a written notice and a second will mean a $250 fine, followed by a $500 fine for all subsequent offences. Residents who are commuting from work will be exempt, the news release said.

It added that community security and RCMP will patrol to help efforts.

The curfew follows the village's Dec. 26 declaration of emergency, which urged residents to stay home and hold no gatherings.

COVID-19 has spread rapidly there since two cases were reported on Dec. 23. As of Thursday afternoon, there were 96 active cases — a drop from the peak of 104 reported on Jan. 6, according to the community's COVID-19 Facebook page.

Pinehouse, a village of roughly 1,000 people, is about 375 kilometres north of Saskatoon. Mayor Mike Natomagan did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

A Pinehouse council news release said the extra measures may assist efforts at "battling the amount of cases that are continuing to rise in the community."

Nick Pearce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The StarPhoenix