Learn more about COVID-19 in Saskatchewan.  Daily case numbers and information for businesses and workers.

The Re-Open Saskatchewan plan was released on April 23rd.

Google Translate Disclaimer

A number of pages on the Government of Saskatchewan's website have been professionally translated in French. These translations are identified by a yellow text box that resembles the link below and can be found in the right hand rail of the page. The home page for French-language content on this site can be found at:

Renseignements en Français

Where an official translation is not available, Google™ Translate can be used. Google™ Translate is a free online language translation service that can translate text and web pages into different languages. Translations are made available to increase access to Government of Saskatchewan content for populations whose first language is not English.

The results of software-based translation do not approach the fluency of a native speaker or possess the skill of a professional translator. The translation should not be considered exact, and may include incorrect or offensive language Government of Saskatchewan does not warrant the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information translated by this system. Some files or items cannot be translated, including graphs, photos, and other file formats such as portable document formats (PDFs).

Any person or entities that rely on information obtained from the system does so at his or her own risk. Government of Saskatchewan is not responsible for any damage or issues that may possibly result from using translated website content. If you have any questions about Google™ Translate, please visit: Google™ Translate FAQs.

Effects of COVID-19 on Animals

April 2020

There is no evidence to date that domestic livestock and most pets can be infected with or transmit COVID-19; however, this has also not been ruled out. There have been recent reports that cats and ferrets may be susceptible to infection, as well as limited reports of cats with mild clinical signs, but there is no evidence that the disease can spread from cats or ferrets back to humans. Anyone who has COVID-19 should avoid contact with animals, just as they should with people, until more information is available. If there is already an animal in the household, that animal should remain in isolation along with the patient.

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association has released the following statement regarding anyone who has COVID-19 and pets:

  • Avoid close contact with them - Do not snuggle or kiss them, let them lick you, sit on your lap, or sleep in your bed
  • Practise good cough etiquette - Avoid coughing or sneezing on your animals
  • Have another member of your household care for your animals
  • Always wash your hands before touching or feeding your animals
  • Limit your animal's contact with other people and animals - This may mean keeping them indoors

An additional risk to animals is what will happen to them if their owners become ill and are unable to take care of them. In these situations, humane societies, boarding kennels and veterinary clinics may not be willing to care for your pet due to the uncertainty around animals and COVID-19. You can help reduce these concerns by planning for your pet's care in advance. This includes identifying a family member or friend who will care for your animals if you become ill or are hospitalized. Animal owners should also keep crates, food, and extra supplies on hand in case you are required to stay home for an extended period of time. As always, help protect your animals by making sure all vaccinations are up to date and that pets have a collar and identification tag. This will help ensure your pet is returned home safely, should it need to be moved from your home because you are unable to care for it yourself.

Livestock and poultry producers have similar concerns about caring for their animals if they or their staff become ill. Producers should be having discussions with their families and employees about who can help care for the animals should someone become ill. Producers should also arrange alternatives for animal care when employees are sick or required to self-isolate for a period of time. Planning should include identifying the minimum level of care that is necessary to maintain the health and welfare of the animals, and making arrangements in advance with friends, family or neighbours for getting a "helping hand" when needed.

We need your feedback to improve saskatchewan.ca. Help us improve