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Neighbouring First Nations close their borders

Both Atikameksheng Anishnawbek and Wahnapitae First Nation announced closures as of March 25

The two First Nations that border Greater Sudbury have closed their borders to public traffic in their efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Atikameksheng Anishnawbek said people will be posted at the bridge entrance to prevent visitors from entering the community.

"Until further notice, we will be closing our border to public traffic into Atikameksheng Anishnawbek," the First Nation tweeted this afternoon. "We will have two people posted at the bridge entrance on 2 shifts a day with proper signage to advise of the border closure. Miigwetch for your cooperation."

The measures in place by both communities do not apply to members, residents, essential employees or deliveries.

Wahnapitae First Nation also made a similar announcement on March 25.

"A temporary permanent structure will close the access point located at West Bay Road/Loonway Road," the statement reads. "An access in and out closure will be posted at the end of Taighwenini Trail Road."

Personnel working for the First Nation will be stationed at the Taighwenini Trail location on two shifts per day. Identification will be required to pass the checkpoint.

Look for signage regarding the closure on Regional Road 84 and West Bay Road.

Rocky's Gas Bar is open under limited hours, but is only serving Wahnapitae First Nation members and community residents.