Navajo Nation To Lift Some COVID-19 Restrictions

By Katherine Davis-Young
Published: Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 3:17pm
Updated: Monday, March 22, 2021 - 11:45am

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The Navajo Nation's COVID-19 outbreak as of March 10, 2021.

The Navajo Nation is preparing to lift some business restrictions as COVID-19 cases decline. But many health precautions will remain in place.

The reservation has had strict curfews and lockdowns in place for most of the past year. Starting Monday, hair salons, marinas, parks and some other businesses will be allowed to begin reopening. But businesses will have to submit reopening plans and adhere to 25% indoor capacity limits.

“I know some people will get upset, but we have to do small steps, and we have to look at our Nation as a bubble," Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said. "It will take each and every one of us to keep the numbers down. It’s our responsibility. We must continue to follow these effective preventive measures that got us to these low numbers.”

The Navajo Nation has seen a rate of death from COVID-19 three times higher than Arizona’s, but average new daily cases on the reservation are now at their lowest level since September.