Recommendations for tribal ceremonies and gatherings during the COVID-19 outbreak
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Recommendations for tribal ceremonies and gatherings during the COVID-19 outbreak

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      Updated Sept. 30, 2021

      Tribal ceremonies such as sweat lodge, social gatherings and seasonal ceremonies, and larger gatherings such as pow wows and rodeos, are a vital part of cultural identity and common and traditional practices in tribal communities. CDC offers the following recommendations to help tribal communities, elders, and leaders decide how best to keep their communities safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. These considerations are meant to support—not replace—tribal laws, rules, and regulations aimed at protecting the health of tribal communities.

      The more people who attend a ceremony or gathering and the closer they are to one another, the higher the risk of spreading COVID-19. Also, the higher the level of community transmission in the area where the gathering is held, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spreading.

      You can take steps now to protect tribal community members from getting sick before, during, and after participation in tribal ceremonies or other gatherings, such as sweats, birthday parties, pow wows, rodeos, and funerals.

      Preventing the spread of COVID-19 is especially important for tribal community members who may be at higher risk for severe illness, such as tribal elders and people with underlying medical conditions.

      To protect our elders and our community, we need to use all our prevention tools. Vaccines are one of the most effective tools to protect our health. If you are not vaccinated, find a vaccine.

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