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 November 27, 2020 the Orders included the following:
- Indoor gatherings in private dwellings and out buildings associated with private dwellings (such as a garage or shed) are limited to 5 people. If more than 5 people ordinarily live in the private dwelling than no other people are allowed. Caregivers, support personnel and tradespersons are not included when determining the number of people.
- Outdoor private and public gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited.
- Casinos, bingo halls, arenas, live theatres, movie theatres, performing arts venues and any other facilities that are currently supporting a capacity of 150 people are now limited to 30 people.
- Indoor public banquets, conferences, wedding and funeral receptions in public venues are limited to 30 people. Food or beverages may not be present or served.
- Visitors to special-care homes and personal care homes are restricted to those visiting for compassionate reasons only.
- Team sports such as hockey, football, soccer, and basketball are not permitted. This includes competitions and games for all amateur and recreational leagues. Group training for individual athletic events (such as dance, figure skating, diving, and speed skating) is not permitted. There is an exception for people under 18. They can continue to practice or train in groups of 8 or less if they maintain 3 metres of distance between each other.
- Group fitness activities are limited to maximum of 8 people and they must be spaced at least 3 metres apart.
- Large retail stores (ones that are 20,000 square feet or more) must limit the number of people in the store to 50% of the store's capacity or 4 square metres of space per person, whichever is less.
- Masks must be worn in all public indoor spaces. This now includes when people are exercising unless they are swimming. This also now includes common areas of businesses and workplaces. Children under 2 are exempt. Children between 3 and 12 are also exempt if they are not reasonably able to wear a mask. There are other exemptions including when a someone is seated in a restaurant consuming food.
Rules for Bars & Restaurants
As of November 27, 2020 the public health order concerning establishments serving food, beverage and liquor, includes the following restrictions.
- No alcohol can be served after 10 pm in any bar or restaurant to anyone, including customers, staff and owners.
- Consumption of alcohol after 11 pm is prohibited.
- Music must be kept at a volume that allows customers and staff to speak at the volume of a normal conversation.
- Customers must remain seated except to use the washroom or leave.
- There must be no more than 4 customers seated at any table.
- Tables must be 3 metres apart unless they are separated by a physical barrier in which case they can be 2 metres apart.
- Establishments need to record names and contact information for every customer who dines in and supply this information to the medical health officer if it is needed for contact tracing.
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
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
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.
Gatherings of any size beyond your immediate household are strongly discouraged at this time.
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:
- 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
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.
Consider Lifting Some Long-Term Restrictions