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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
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