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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

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.

As of August 6, 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

The size of public or private gatherings, whether they are indoor or outdoor, is limited to a maximum of 30 people except as allowed under the Re-open Saskatchewan Plan.

Except for businesses that are a critical public service and businesses allowed under the Re-open Saskatchewan Plan all businesses must remain closed.

Starting July 7, 2020 patients in hospitals and residents in long-term care, personal care and group homes can designate two family members or support persons who can visit. In most cases only one family member or support person can be present at a time. In some situations, such as when the person is in intensive care, palliative care or on a maternity ward, two family members or support persons can visit at the same time provided that physical distancing can be maintained. Health screening and hand washing are required. Masking is also required if tolerated.

There can be differences in how individual facilities implement these guidelines based on the things such as the spread of Covid-19 in their area. For more detailed information see Visiting Saskatchewan Health Authority Facilities.

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.

Businesses and workplaces 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, beginning May 4, 2020. The plan is designed to slowly lift restrictions so that more businesses can open and employees can safely return to work. The plan includes five phases.

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.

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
  • Food Courts (at 50% of maximum capacity)
  • 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: June 22, 2020

June 22, 2020

  • Child and youth day camps
  • Outdoor pools and spray parks
  • Seasonal/recreational outdoor sports and activities
  • Indoor and outdoor gatherings may have up to 30 people, provided that a two metre distance from non-household members can be maintained.
  • Extended household groups remain restricted to 15 people - physically distancing is not required.

June 29, 2020

  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Galleries
  • Movie theatres

July 6, 2020

  • Indoor pools
  • Indoor rinks
  • Indoor sports and activities
  • Performing arts (music, dance and theatre)

July 9, 2020

  • Casinos
  • Bingo halls

July 16, 2020

  • racetracks and rodeo-related activities
  • live performances in restaurants, licensed establishments and farmers markets
  • banquet and conference facilities
  • car and trade shows

July 20, 2020

  • laundry facilities in campgrounds

July 21, 2020

  • yard and garage sales
  • door-to-door sales and canvassing

Phase 5: Date to be Determined

Consider Lifting Some Long-Term Restrictions

Call the 811 Healthline if you:

  • are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms (Symptoms of Covid-19 can include fever, cough or difficulty breathing.)
  • believe you may have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19
  • live in a household with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19

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