Roadblocks Go Up On Navajo Nation, Curfew Enforced Amid COVID-19 Health Crisis

First Nations isolate themselves.

By ADI - 30. March 2020

WINDOW ROCK – On Monday, the Navajo Police Department began holding road blocks due to the Navajo Nation-wide curfew that took effect at 8:00 p.m. On Sunday, members of the Arizona National Guard set-up a Federal Medical Station in Chinle in response to COVID-19 health crisis that has hit the area.

#AZNG set up a Federal Medical Station in Chinle over night in response to the care needs of the Navajo Nation. We stand by the Dineh community and @NNPrezNez during this effort to quell the spread of #COVID19 #alwaysreadyalwaysthere

— ArizonaNationalGuard (@AZNationalGuard) March 30, 2020

Navajo Police are also checking for proof of essential work status for drivers and occupants. The curfew does not apply to essential employees reporting to or from duty, with official identification and/or a letter of designation from their essential business employer on official letterhead which includes a contact for verification.

President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer joined Police Chief Phillip B. Francisco as they handed out COVID-19 pamphlets and urged drivers to return home safely and comply with the curfew. The curfew order is in effect daily from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Thank you to our Navajo Police Officers who are holding roadblocks in our communities tonight as the Navajo Nation’s 8pm curfew goes into effect to help fight the spread of COVID-19! We are a strong people and we will overcome this! Ahe’hee’

— Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez (@NNPrezNez) March 31, 2020