Thursday, May 14, 2020

Hoopa Valley Reservation to Remain Closed to Non-residents

Posted By on Thu, May 14, 2020 at 5:53 PM

The Hoopa Valley Tribal Office of Emergency Services has decided to continue the reservation closure.

Non-residents and tourists will not be allowed to visit the Hoopa Valley Reservation or the reservation river access, nor access to the tribal property during the pandemic. 

According to a press release, "Per Title 72, people or non-residents can be cited and escorted off the reservation."

The Hoopa Valley Tribal OES is continually monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic to asses when it will be appropriate to reopen the reservation.

Read the full press release below:

Maintaining Reservation Closure: May 14, 2020 -

The Hoopa Valley Tribal Office of Emergency Services is deciding to maintain the reservation closure. In detail, nonresidents and tourists visiting the Hoopa Valley reservation are not permitted. We are also not allowing people outside the reservation river access nor access to Tribal Property during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Per Title 72, people or non-residents can be cited and escorted off the reservation. However, the Hoopa Valley Tribal OES plans to continually assess the COVID pandemic situation and make moves towards reopening once appropriate.

Specifically, we are developing an opening schedule to fit our population’s needs and intend to adjust as needed. According to the CDC website, there is currently no vaccine for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and it is primarily spread from person-to-person.

Additionally, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The COVID-19 virus is thought to spread from between people who are in close contact with one another and potentially by people who are not showing any symptoms. With this in mind, we are continuing to take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously and are requiring people to wear face masks in enclosed areas or when social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained.

If anyone has questions, please feel free to reach out through the Hoopa Valley Tribal COVID-19 Hotline at 530-625-8100, visiting the OES website at, or email us at [email protected].
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