WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has vetoed a resolution to reopen tribal roads on the Navajo reservation to tourists and other visitors amid the continuing pandemic.
Nez said on April 9 in a statement that he vetoed the resolution approved March 31 by the Navajo Nation Council because COVID-19 variants are spreading in the region and because more people need to be vaccinated "to move closer to herd immunity and this will take time."
" I understand that people want to travel and visit our sites here on the Navajo Nation, but we have to prioritize the health and well-being of our people," Nez added.
The closure does not affect state highways that pass through the reservation, which includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
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