The Quinault Indian Nation has announced that tribal land is closed to visitors until further notice.
In a notice from President Fawn Sharp, she shared the action looks to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The Quinault Indian Reservation is closed and will now be operating under restricted access until further notice.
Access is restricted to:
- All village residents;
- Quinault Tribal Members;
- QIN Government Employees and Enterprise Personnel
- Delivery, Postal, Food Service, and other pre-approved agency personnel
This closure would not impact businesses on tribal trust lands such as the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino and Q-Mart locations.
President Sharp issued a separate statement that acknowledged that since because both Hwy 109 and Hwy 101 are state highways, the QIN cannot close the roads, although they had been in talks with WSDOT regarding signage to limit access to local traffic only.
This closure is in addition to the government shutdown that starts today.
Through March 27, Quinault Indian Nation will close its operations, with the expectation of continuing essential government services, to protect our citizens and employees from the spread of COVID-19.
Essential services will be identified by Division Directors, who will notify staff if they have been deemed essential. If you have questions, please go through your chain of command and ask your supervisor.
Essential staff who do not report to work and who have not been excused by their Division Director as high risk, will not be afforded Emergency Leave and may be subject to disciplinary action.
President Sharp says;