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Covid-19 Restrictions

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.

Public Health Orders

As the Covid-19 situation changes so will the laws. It is important to continue to review the Saskatchewan Public Health Orders. Public Health Orders can be enforced by the police.

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. These orders include social distancing measures and increased sanitization practices.

As of June 7, 2020 the Orders included the following:

All persons that have travelled internationally must go into self-isolation for 14 days from date of arrival back into Canada, except:

  • specific health care workers
  • workers who provide emergency health care services
  • workers who are essential to maintain essential services workers who maintain the food supply chain
  • rail, airline and transport crews

Visitors to long-term care homes, hospitals, personal care homes, and group homes are restricted to family or designates visiting for compassionate reasons. All visitors must undergo additional health screening prior to entry.

Classes in all primary and secondary educational institutions, both public and private are suspended.

All places that are allowed to operate must comply with any restrictions the Government has in place for that type of activity. For example:

  • At beaches people from different groups must maintain a physical distance of two metres on the beach and in the water. As well, towels and beach gear should be set up with four metres between groups to allow physical distancing to be maintained for those entering or exiting the area.
  • In places of worship seating must be arranged so that physical distancing can be observed at all times. Consideration must be given to how people enter and exit pews and other seating areas.

As of June 8, 2020 there is a separate Public Health Order respecting the Northwest Region of Saskatchewan with different restrictions:

Except in the case of family members living in the same household, indoor private and public gatherings over 10 people, and outdoor private and public gatherings over 20 people are prohibited.

If you do not obey the Public Health Orders, the police can become involved. See the following statements regarding Covid-19:

Saskatoon Police Service
City of Prince Albert Police Service

Regina Police Service

Moose Jaw Police Service

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Public Health Recommendations

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.

Although the public health order regarding the size of gatherings does not apply to businesses and workplaces, they are expected to follow the recommended public health measures, including:

  • physical distancing for staff and clients
  • regular cleaning and disinfecting
  • frequent hand-washing and sanitation
  • use of personal protective equipment for workers who cannot maintain social distancing
  • keeping staff who have or report Covid-19 symptoms out of the workplace

Re-Opening Saskatchewan Plan

On April 23, 2020 Premier Scott Moe and Saskatchewan's Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab announced the Re-Opening Saskatchewan Plan. The plan is to slowly lift restrictions so that more businesses can open and employees can safely return to work. The plan includes five phases, beginning May 4, 2020.

Phase 1:

  • Medical services (previously restricted) including dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, optician services, podiatry, occupational therapy and chiropractic treatment: May 4, 2020
  • Boat Launches: May 4,2020
  • Fishing Season: May 5, 2020 - May 25, 2020 depending on location
  • Golf Courses: May 15, 2020
  • Drive-in Theatres: May 15, 2020
  • Outdoor Individual Recreation: May 15,2020
  • Parks and campgrounds: June 1, 2020

Phase 2: May 19, 2020

  • Retail Stores
  • Shopping Malls
  • Select Personal Services
  • Public Markets and Farmer's Markets

Phase 3: June 8, 2020

  • Remaining Personal Services
  • Restaurants and Food Services (50% capacity)
  • Gyms and Fitness Facilities
  • Licensed Establishments
  • Childcare Facilities
  • Places of Worship
  • Increased Size of Indoor Public and Private Gatherings to 15 people and Size of Outdoor Public Gathering to 30 people

Phase 4: Date to be Determined

Part I: Date to be Determined

  • Child and youth day camps
  • Outdoor pools and spray parks
  • Seasonal/recreational outdoor sports and activities

Part II: Date to be Determined

  • Indoor pools
  • Indoor rinks
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Galleries
  • Movie theatres
  • Casinos
  • Bingo halls

Phase 5: Date to be Determined

Consider Lifting Some Long-Term Restrictions

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