The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way societies operate across the world. This is true in Saskatchewan as well. There are laws and policies in place to reduce the spread of the disease. It is important to understand the rules and obey them. This will keep you and your community safe. There are legal consequences for not following the rules.
The Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Shahab, along with the Ministry of Health have created Public Health Orders. Residents of Saskatchewan have a legal obligation to obey these orders.
Currently the Orders include the following:
On May 4, 2021 Saskatchewan announced its plan to re-open the province. This plan is based upon the anticipated success of the Saskatchewan Immunization Delivery Plan, which depends upon eligible people getting their vaccine(s) and supply of the vaccine. The Saskatchewan government's aim is to re-open the provincial economy, as well as the activities and events. The re-opening roadmap is organized into three key phrases.
See the Saskatchewan website for further details on the phases:
Regina and surrounding region (“Regina Region”) is currently under more stringent Public Health rules. The Saskatchewan government provides that the reason for the stricter rules in the Regina Region is because the Regina region presently accounts for an alarming rate of the province's active Covid-19 cases, with the majority involving variants of concern. The additional Regina Region restrictions include:
The Regina Region includes the following: Belle Plaine, Pense, Grand Coulee, Lumsden Beach, Regina Beach, Craven, Lumsden, Edenwold, Pilot Butte, White City, Balgonie, Kronau, Davin, Gray, Riceton, RM of Lajord, RM of Edenwold, RM of Sherwood, RM of Pense and the RM of Lumsden
For a map of the affected area see Attachment of A of the Public Health Order.
As of March 18, 2021, The Saskatchewan Government amended the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2020 to allow for paid time off from work for employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19, effective immediately. Special Vaccination Leave is similar to provisions allowing residents to vote during a general election. The special vaccination leave requires that during the pandemic:
The public health order concerning establishments serving food, beverage and liquor, includes the following restrictions.
If you do not obey the Public Health Orders, the police can become involved. See the following statements regarding Covid-19:
Although the physical distancing practices, guidelines and recommendations may not be legally enforceable at this time, they are required to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Individuals should continue working from home if they can do so.
Physical distancing should be maintained, wherever possible.
People should stay at home when they are sick.
Vulnerable individuals, such as seniors and those with underlying health conditions, should continue to exercise caution and minimize high-risk exposures, such as public outings.
Frequent hand-washing is highly recommended.
Enhanced cleaning and disinfection should take place in workplaces, public spaces and recreational facilities.
Gatherings, such as weddings, reunions or funerals should be postponed or held virtually if possible.
Businesses and workplaces are expected to follow the recommended public health measures, including:
On April 23, 2020 Premier Scott Moe and Saskatchewan's Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab announced the Re-Opening Saskatchewan Plan, which began May 4, 2020. The plan was designed to slowly lift restrictions so that more businesses could open and employees safely return to work.
All places that are allowed to operate under the Re-opening Plan must comply with any restrictions the Government has in place for that type of activity. See the Guidelines for detailed information about the restrictions in place for different activities.
While we are following public health measures to control the spread of Covid-19, the Red Cross has compiled a resource with some great information about dealing with the changes that restrictions have brought about. Check it out here.