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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.

Currently the Orders include the following:

  • All private indoor gatherings are prohibited. All indoor gatherings are restricted to immediate household members only. Persons who live alone and single parents of minor children are permitted to meet with one, consistent household of less than five individuals. Co-parenting arrangements are permitted to continue. Caregivers, support personnel and tradespersons who are not a member of the household are not included in the maximum number of people allowed in that household.
  • All indoor public gatherings are prohibited except for critical public services or an allowable business service and workplaces or settings where people are in different rooms or buildings. Two metre distancing must be maintained. More detailed information is available in the Guidelines for the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan.
  • Outdoor private and public gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Physical distancing of at least 2 metres between households must be maintained.
  • Places of worship gathering size is set to a maximum of 30 individuals [effective Friday April 16, 2021]
  • Arenas, live theatres, movie theatres, performing arts venues and any other such facilities that are currently supporting a capacity of 150 people are now limited to 30 people.
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming halls are required to close.
  • 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. When childcare facilities exist on the same premises there must be a segregated private entrance and no interaction between the childcare and residents of the home is allowed. However, if 90% of the residents are fully vaccinated family members and support people can visit any fully vaccinated resident. They can only visit two at a time but there is no limit on the total number of visitors a vaccinated resident can have.
  • Competitions and games for amateur and recreational league sports are not permitted. Individuals and teams can continue to practice or train in groups of 8 or less if they maintain 3 metres of distance between each other. One or two coaches can be present at practices or training in addition to up to 8 athletes.
  • Group fitness activities are limited to maximum of 8 people and they must be spaced at least 3 metres apart.
  • Personal service facilities, such as hair or nail salons, cannot exceed 50% of their occupancy load and must maintain at least 2 metres of physical distance between non-household members. Owners and staff are not included in the occupancy load.
  • Large retail stores are limited to 25% of their occupancy load at any one time. Smaller retail stores are limited to the lesser of 50% of their occupancy load or a number that allows at least 2 metres of physical distancing between non-household members.
  • 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.

Saskatchewan announces Re-Opening Roadmap

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.

Public Health Orders, including the detailed guidelines in the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan remain in effect and measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 must still be followed.

See the Saskatchewan website for further details on the phases:

Regina and Area Further Recommendations

  • A travel advisory is being issued for Regina and area communities. Travel is not recommended in or out of the Regina area unless absolutely necessary
  • It is strongly recommended that all individuals in the Regina area able to work from home do so.

Public Health Rules Expanded in Regina Region

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:

  • All restaurants and licensed establishments must close for in-person dining. Take-out and delivery is permitted. Video lottery terminals (VLTs) will also be closed in these locations.
  • The following venues are closed: banquet and conference facilities, community halls, galleries, museums, libraries, live and movie theatres, performing arts facilities, bowling alleys, car shows, racing and rodeo facilities, arcades, trade shows, science centres and auctions (livestock sales are permitted).

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.

Special Vaccination Leave Introduced

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:

  • Workers are entitled to three consecutive hours leave during work hours to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Workers are entitled to more than three consecutive hours if the employer determines the circumstances warrant a longer break from work.
  • Workers do not lose any pay or other benefits while taking time off to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

Rules for Bars & Restaurants

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. (Physical barriers are not required for outdoor seating.)
  • 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

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.

  • 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

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, 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.

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

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.

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