Fort Chipewyan winter tourism season put to a hault amid the pandemic

So far, the virus has had a small presence. One person tested positive for the virus on Oct. 22 and has since recovered.

When the winter road connects Fort Chipewyan to the rest of the province next month there will be no tourists coming to visit the northern hamlet, and there will be few contractors arriving for work.

During a normal year, thousands of people drive into the community to fish, hunt, hike, watch the Northern Lights, head to the Northwest Territories or experience the community.

However, local businesses understand the risk, since the community's health centre isn't equipped to handle a large outbreak and currently has no full time doctor.

Pete Powder is the chief of the Mikisew Cree First Nation and said Fort Chipewyan's people do not support non-essential travel into the community.

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