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Coronavirus: Kanesatake closes alcohol, tobacco and cannabis stores

From link to article, March 25th 2020

In an effort to encourage social distancing, no tobacco, alcohol or cannabis products will be sold in stores on the Kanesatake territory, Grand Chief Serge Simon announced Tuesday.

“The Mohawk Council of Kanesatake wishes to inform the general public that all the stores selling either tobacco, cannabis and alcohol in the community have closed since midnight March 24 due to the coronavirus outbreak,” Simon wrote in a news release. “This community decision, which is supported by store operators, has been made in an effort to protect our population.”

Simon noted that, like many indigenous communities in Canada, Kanesatake has a “larger than normal proportion” of residents who are at a higher risk to being infected because they suffer from pre-existing conditions like respiratory problems and high blood pressure brought on by diseases like cancer and diabetes.

“We call on our members and all Canadians to respect this directive, to limit, or better yet, refrain from travel to our community and elsewhere and ultimately to stay home,” Simon wrote. “The faster everyone accepts this new reality, the faster we can all return to our normal lives again.”

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