All eyes on Saskatchewan as businesses get OK to re-open.....

Ron in Regina

"Voice of the West" Party
Apr 9, 2008
Regina, Saskatchewan
Phase One (May 4)

Medical services such as dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, optician services, podiatry, occupational therapy and chiropractic treatment would reopen to the public.

As well, low-risk outdoor recreational activities would be allowed, provided precautions are taken. Those activities would include fishing and boat launches (May 4), golfing with physical distancing guidelines (May 15) and the operation of parks and campgrounds (June 1).

Online reservations for parks would be accepted starting May 4.
Public and private gatherings would remain limited to a maximum of 10 people.

Phase Two (May 19)

Retail businesses and certain personal services that previously were closed under the public health order would be permitted to reopen.

The businesses would include clothing stores, shoe stores, flower shops, sporting goods/adventure stores, vaping supply shops, boat, ATV and snowmobile dealers, gift, book and stationery stores, jewelry and accessory stores, toy stores, music, electronic and entertainment stores, pawn shops and travel agencies.

Personal service businesses that would be permitted to reopen would include hairdressers/barbers, registered massage therapists, acupuncturists and acupressurists.

Physical distancing would be required, but if it’s not possible, providers would have to take steps such as wearing gloves and facemasks and doing customer screening.

For clothing stores, trying on clothing would be prohibited.

The government suggested that some retail outlets would have to encourage online shopping, with front counter or curb pickup, and adopt a no-return policy.

Again, public and private gatherings would be limited to a maximum of 10 people.

Phase Three (Date To Be Determined)

Restaurants and bars would reopen in this phase, but only to a maximum of 50 per cent capacity.
Child-care facilities, gyms and fitness facilities also would reopen.

All facilities that provide child-care services would be limited to a maximum of 15 children per building space.

Physical distancing and stringent cleaning protocols would have to be in place in gyms and fitness facilities.

More personal services would be allowed to resume operations, including estheticians, tattoo artists, cosmetologists, electrologists, manicurists/pedicurists, sun tanning parlours, and facilities where body piercing, bone grafting or scarification services are done.
Other than in businesses, the allowable size of public and private gatherings would increase to a maximum of 15 people.

Phase Four (Date To Be Determined)

Indoor and outdoor recreation and entertainment facilities – such as casinos, bingo halls, arenas, curling rinks, swimming pools, galleries, theatres, museums, parks and playgrounds – would reopen.

Seasonal programs such as camps and athletic activities also could start.

The maximum number of people able to attend public and private gatherings would rise to 30.

Phase Five (Date To Be Determined)

The final phase would involve the potential lifting of long-term restrictions.
In the meantime, restrictions on high-risk areas are to remain in effect for the foreseeable future.
Those include:

  • Maintaining the current Provincial State of Emergency;
  • Recommendations against non-essential international and interprovincial travel;
  • Mandatory 14-day self-isolation following international travel, exposure to COVID-19, or a positive COVID-19 test;
  • Visitor restrictions limited to compassionate reasons at long-term care homes, hospitals, personal care homes, and group homes; and,
  • The suspension of classes in all primary and secondary educational institutions, both public and private.
As well, large public gatherings would still be prohibited.

The government noted that, through all five phases, hand-washing and physical distancing must remain prevalent, people should continue working from home if possible, seniors and those with underlying health conditions should minimize high-risk exposure, and enhanced cleaning and disinfection should take place in workplaces, public spaces and recreational facilities.

As well, the government reiterated that employees at long-term care and personal care homes must work at only one facility starting April 28.

Ron in Regina

"Voice of the West" Party
Apr 9, 2008
Regina, Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the ninth straight day with a double-digit total of new cases. There have been 231 cases in that span. So far in October, there have been 286 new cases reported, increasing the province’s total to date to 2,199. The new cases reported Wednesday were in the northeast (seven), north-central (five), far northeast (four), Saskatoon (four), Regina (three), central-east (one) and southeast (one) zones.

So far in October, the north region has had the most new cases reported with 73, followed by the Saskatoon area (61), the central zone (56), the Regina region (50), the south (25) and the far north (20). Of the total number of cases in the province, 1,071 have been community contacts (including mass gatherings), 618 haven’t had any known exposures, 318 have been travellers and 192 remain under investigation by local public health officials.

In its media release Wednesday, the Ministry of Health reminded residents that the public health order has been amended regarding the maximum size of private indoor gatherings. Due to the recent increase in cases, the limit has been reduced from 30 to 15, with the change to take effect Friday at 12:01 a.m. “Any event that occurs in a private dwelling, including weddings, religious gathering and funerals, must abide by the 15-person gathering limit.”