The Black Lake Denesuline First Nation is in lock down.

In a notice to members, Chief and Council said the lock down, which will be in effect until August 5, is being put in place to reduce the spread of the Delta COVID-19 variant.

Community members who have serious medical and health issues will be the only people allowed to leave the community and return. Also members who do not have a permanent address will not be allowed to enter. Those delivering services which are considered essential will be allowed into the First Nation at the discretion of Chief and Council. A curfew will be in place from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. There will also be a road block set up and the band office is closed to the public.

All those who do return are required to self monitor for 48 hours and if symptoms emerge they are being asked to call the health centre. People are also being encouraged to stay in their personal bubbles.

Black Lake along with Fond-du-Lac has been experiencing lower COVID-19 vaccination rates when compared with smaller communities in the Athabasca basin.