Garden River to restrict access beginning January 7


Due to a dramatic jump in COVID-19 cases throughout the Algoma District, Garden River First Nation will only grant access to residents, essential workers, and employees of private businesses starting Thursday, January 7th.

During a community meeting on Tuesday, the council made the proactive decision to restrict access beginning at noon this Thursday.

Since December 31, thirty cases of COVID-19 have been reported by Algoma Public Health (APH) and active in Sault Ste. Marie and area.

In a message posted on the community’s Facebook page, Chief Andy Rickard made the announcement of the closure. He also stated that the only road to remain open to the community is Syrette Lake Road off of the Highway 17 bypass.

Any person who violates the Garden River council’s motion will be charged with trespassing and removed from the community.

The closure will be revisited in two weeks to determine if the safety measures will be lifted or extended if case counts continue to climb.


  1. Should go both ways, if we cant enter their reserve, they shouldn’t be allowed to leave and come into our community. What if they bring us Covid? There should only be emergency personnel entering or leaving, that’s it!

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