First Nations Health Directors Association

FNHDA Wise Practices

Community Alcohol Ban to Assist with Physical / Social Distancing

May 12th, 2020

On the recommendation of the Health Department, the Band Council passed a resolution to ban alcohol in Kitasoo to assist with physical / social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The alcohol ban includes a ban on the transport of alcohol onto the island even for personal use. There is no liquor store in the community and the access points are controlled and monitored (BC ferries comes in once per week, a plane comes in once per week).

The ban was implemented on March 22, 2020 and will remain in place for the duration of the pandemic. Information on the ban is being shared widely, including via social media. Travel is also now banned with the exception of essential service providers and emergency medical travel. Following essential travel, a self-isolation plan is implemented upon return with supports such as a designated unit for isolating and a designated shopper for the individual.

The alcohol and travel ban is intended to keep the whole community safe. Support and cooperation from Kitasoo Band Council, the local police, and BC Ferries has supported this initiative. Our leadership at the Kitasoo Band Council have been actively involved taking all recommendations from our Health Department/Nurse & Health Director and implementing actions required. Support from leadership (Band Council) is key to effective implementation.