COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Yurok Country


COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

The Yurok Tribe OES is working rapidly to keep our reservation healthy.


On March 13th, Chairman of the Yurok Tribe declared a State of Emergency, due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Yurok Tribe COVID-19 Laws



This page is continuously updated with the latest COVID-19 regulations of the Yurok Tribe. As always, be sure to check the official Yurok Tribal Code.


Due to delays with the publisher, the official Yurok Tribal Code website cannot be immediately updated, this page is intended to provide up-to-the-minute information for the benefit of Yurok tribal members and Yurok Reservation residents and businesses.

What Tribal Members Need to Know

The Yurok Tribe has adopted a general framework, the Yurok Tribe’s Plan for Reducing Risk of COVID-19 Spread (“COVID-19 Plan”), based on a “tier” system that uses metrics that are tethered to readily available local health data. This framework is not, and will not, be the sole regulatory framework, but instead provides a clear general overview for different sectors and the general public based on the level of identified risk. This COVID-19 Plan also indicates which sectors are subject to more specific guidance and regulations. 


If you have a question, please call the Yurok Tribe’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-225-8952. Yurok OES is available to assist local businesses and individuals with questions related to compliance.

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Latest Updates

Temporary Reservation Closure Order

Highlights below, be sure to read the full text of the order.

  • Adopted by Yurok Tribal Council Resolution 20-125

  • Effective December 7, 2020 - December 21, 2020

  • Closure may be extended beyond December 21, 2020. Updates will be posted here.

  • All non-essential tribal buildings are currently closed.

  • Pem-mey and Pek-Tah Fuel Marts were deemed essential. At both facilities, operations have been modified to keep patrons safe.

  • The Redwood Hotel Casino is closed to tourists, but essential personnel will continue to occupy a small number of rooms.

  • All tourists, visitors, and other non-residents of the Yurok Reservation are directed to leave the Reservation or return to their off-Reservation residence.  For purposes of this Order, a non-resident is a person who does not maintain their permanent home on the Reservation and is not performing an essential activity. 

  • The Yurok Reservation (“Reservation”), which includes all land and waters within the exterior boundaries of the Reservation, is closed to all non-residents, unless the non-resident enters the Reservation to perform an essential activity

  • State highways and County Roads through the Yurok Reservation shall remain open for travel consistent with state and federal law.

  • The Yurok Tribe expects community residents to abide by all Tribal and any pertinent National, State, County laws, public health orders, and orders to stay home or shelter in place and with requirements for maintaining physical distance between people, as well as disinfection procedures.

  • Curfew will begin immediately.  All those within the Yurok Reservation should be in their homes or conducting essential activities between the hours of 10pm and 4am unless in the case of an emergency. 

  • Tribal employees, other government employees, individuals, and companies providing essential services on the Reservation are able to enter the Reservation to perform an essential activity. Such employees, individuals or companies are encouraged to carry proper identification to facilitate confirmation of their essential activity. 

Summary of Other COVID-19 Orders 

Please read orders linked below for full details

  • Physical Distancing of at least six (6) feet

  • Facial coverings required

  • The Yurok Tribe is officially in Tier 1 (Purple)

  • Serene Hayden is the Yurok Tribe Public Health Officer through the end of this year. Ms. Hayden is also the Incident Commander. 

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More information forthcoming.

Please contact the YOES team at with any questions and official guidance for businesses.

Relevant Ordinances

Visit our COVID-19 in Yurok Country page to get more info.

Serene Hayden

Incident Commander
707.482.1350 - Ext 1425

Direct Line: 707.339.9774

Klamath Office:

190 Klamath Blvd.,

Klamath, CA 95548

Phone: 707.482.1350

Fax: 707.482.1377

Weitchpec Office:

Hwy 96 

Weitchpec, CA

Phone: 530.625.4130

Fax: 530.625.4148

Eureka Office:

3400 Erie St.,  

Eureka, CA 95501

Phone: 707.444.0433

Fax: 707.444.0104

Yurok Tribe Office of Emergency Services