Effective Friday, September 17, a province-wide mandatory masking order will be implemented for all indoor public spaces. 

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Modified Self-Isolation for Essential Workers

Effective June 15, an employee who is partially vaccinated and whose work has been identified as essential to maintaining public safety and has been determined to be a close contact to a COVID positive case may be eligible to continue working under a new Modified Self-Isolation policy as long as they remain asymptomatic.

Employers are expected to have robust business continuity plans in place. If all business continuity options have been exhausted, and an employee in an essential role is deemed a close contact, the employer can consider an application for modified self-isolation with the employee’s consent.

Under modified self-isolation, employees may be exempted from self-isolation requirements for the time required to perform their work duties so long as mitigations are in place.

They must follow all routine self-isolation guidelines when not working.

Employees must consent to the application for modified self-isolation, including the release of personal health information regarding their vaccination status.

Employers will make the application to public health on behalf of employees.
Modified self-isolation is approved or denied by the local Medical Health Officer.

Employers must ensure appropriate mitigation measures are put in place so that clients served by or employees that work alongside these essential employees are not put at undue risk.

Individuals who are symptomatic will not be eligible for modified self-isolation.
Individuals who are not partially vaccinated will not be eligible for modified self-isolation. 


What are the differences between the isolation policies?

  • Modified self-isolation: Applies to partially vaccinated people providing essential services. It allows them to continue working at approved locations and times with additional mitigations in place.  These individuals must continue to self-isolate when they are not at work. For a list of essential services, see the next question below.

  • Fully vaccinated exemption from self-isolation: As announced June 15, 2021, anyone who 14 days past their second dose of the two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series (or 14 days past the first dose of the single dose COVID-19 vaccine series [this is not yet available in Canada]) at the time of exposure and is asymptomatic may be exempted from isolation when named as a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person. The exemption from self-isolation does not apply to anyone with symptoms and is at the discretion of the Medical Health Officer. Even if someone has relatively mild symptoms following exposure, they should immediately self-isolate and be tested. Anyone who has received only one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine must still self-isolate as directed by Public Health if they are named as close contacts. 

Who does the Modified Self-Isolation policy apply to?

There are three categories of essential public services: 

Health Care and Public Health Workers

  • 811 and 911 call centre workers
  • Canadian Red Cross and Canadian Blood Services
  • Caregivers
  • Home care
  • Laboratories and specimen collection centres
  • Medical facilities
  • Pharmacies
  • Physiotherapy – post operative only
  • Physical Therapy – post operative only
  • Pre-hospital and emergency services (i.e. paramedics, dispatchers)
  • Private seniors' residences and services
  • Production, supply and distribution of drugs, vaccines and pharmaceutical goods and Medical equipment, including laboratory and research centres
  • Public health inspection
  • Specialized resources in accommodation (i.e. domestic violence, homelessness, addictions)
  • Specialized support services for vulnerable populations (i.e. addictions and mental health support counselling)

Law Enforcement, Public Safety and First Responders

  • Civil security, coroners and pathology
  • Communication services
  • Corrections
  • Fire services
  • Forest firefighters and all types of professionals supporting civil security operations
  • Police services, including the distribution of emergency calls
  • Security agencies
  • Workers, including contracted vendors, who maintain digital infrastructure supporting law enforcement and emergency service options

Government and Community Services

  • Municipalities, First Nation Bands, or Métis Nation to determine Saskatchewan roles deemed essential to maintain critical functions where other business continuity mitigations aren’t available 
  • Air ambulance, STARS
  • All utilities (i.e. power, gas, water/wastewater, telephone) and service providers
  • Child and Family Services within the Ministry of Social Services
  • Funeral homes, cremation and cemeteries
  • Group homes
  • Income security and social security
  • Providers of goods and services for vulnerable citizens
  • Suicide prevention services
  • Support services for victims of domestic violence
  • Waste collection, disposal and recycling

What does “partially vaccinated” mean?

It means:

  • An individual has received one dose of any two dose COVID-19 vaccine series, and at least 14 days have passed since the individual received the dose; or
  • An individual has received two doses of any COVID-19 vaccine, but 14 days have not passed since the individual received their second dose.

If someone is not partially vaccinated, are they eligible for modified self-isolation?

No. A worker must be partially vaccinated to be eligible for modified self-isolation. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to self-isolate if certain conditions are met; see fully vaccinated information below.

Is modified self-isolation mandatory for a worker providing critical public services and deemed a close contact of someone who has COVID-19? 

Modified self-isolation is voluntary; an employee is not required to consent to the release of their immunization record to support the application for modified self-isolation. If modified self-isolation is not approved, the individual is required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the date of their last exposure to COVID-19.

If there is a desire for modified self-isolation, what are the steps to follow?

  • An employer should obtain consent from the employee through the completion of the Employee Consent Form. This permits public health to determine eligibility based on COVID-19 vaccination
  • The employer must complete the Employer Application Form to make an application to Public Health for modified self-isolation on the employee’s behalf.
  • The request is approved or denied by the local Medical Health Officer – the employer and the employee will be informed by the Medical Health Officer. 

If an employee does not want to release their personal health information (proof of COVID-19 vaccination) to the employer, may they still apply for modified self-isolation?

No. The proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for modified self-isolation. 

What are the self-isolation rules related to international travel?

If someone is on modified self-isolation, they cannot travel. They may work, but when they are not at work they must self-isolate. Current rules around international travel still apply – people must continue to self-isolate for 14 days following international travel, as per the federal quarantine order

If an employee providing critical public services is fully vaccinated and deemed a close contact, does a self-isolation order apply?

As announced June 15, 2021, anyone who is 14 days past their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and is asymptomatic may be exempted from isolation when named as a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person. The release from self-isolation does not apply to anyone with symptoms. Even if someone has relatively mild symptoms following exposure, they should immediately self-isolate and be tested.

When does the Modified Self-Isolation policy take effect?

It takes effect immediately.

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