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Oneida of the Thames First Nation closing to non-residents amid COVID-19 pandemic

From link to article, March 29, 2020

The Oneida Nation of the Thames will be closed to the public beginning Monday amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Indigenious territory southwest of London is closing all public access roads at 12 a.m. Monday, the Oneida Council of Chiefs said.

The closure doesn’t apply to residents, those with permission from the council, employees and delivery drivers.

Access points at Kennedy’s Corner, Evan John’s, Ambrose Corner and the bridge will be blocked with “temporary permanent structures,” the council said.

Oneida personel will be stationed at the access points with a list of residents and approved community members, the council said, adding proof of residency must be provided.

A long queue of vehicles formed outside the territory, a popular destination for cheap gas, illegal cigarettes and unsanctioned cannabis dispensaries, on Sunday afternoon ahead of the planned closure.

The Red Eagle Smoke Shop on Oneida Road is a native marijuana dispensary on the Oneida Reserve southwest of London.

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