Effective July 11, 2021, Saskatchewan entered Step Three of the Re-Opening Roadmap and the public health order relative to COVID-19 was lifted. All restrictions related to the public health order were removed as of that date.

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Living with COVID-19

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1. COVID-19 Prevention Basics

In all cases, self-monitor for symptoms. Stay home if you are sick and seek a COVID-19 test. Information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing is available.

Basic COVID-19 transmission measures have proven to be effective. All of the following are available to you at all times, even if you are fully vaccinated:

  • Wash your hands frequently and encourage good cough and sneeze etiquette.
  • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer approved by Health Canada.
  • Routinely clean common surfaces. While COVID-19 is primarily airborne, keeping high-touch surfaces clean can help reduce all infectious disease transmission.
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows in summer and increasing fresh air intake and air exchange of heating and cooling systems

Our Know Your Risk checklist can help you with that personal assessment.

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2. Masking

As of July 11, the public health order requiring masking in indoor spaces will end, but masking will continue to be an option for all residents who wish to do so. It is important that we create an environment that respects the choices of others.

If you enter a facility that requires a mask, patrons must respect the decision of the business and either comply or choose not to visit the establishment. It is the choice of an individual business or facility to implement their own masking policy.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people should still consider masking.

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3. For Businesses, Workplaces and Schools

Policies regarding safe businesses and workplaces are determined by individual Occupational Health and Safety plans. Endemic COVID-19 transmission should be considered as part of these plans. Communicate those plans with staff and/or clients to ensure that all are familiar with the policies in place.

Frequently asked questions for businesses and workplaces are available.

Prekindergarten to Grade 12 schools will return to regular operations for the 2021-22 school year and licensed child care facilities can return to regular pre-pandemic operations as of July 11.

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4. Family Visitation in Long-Term, Personal Care Homes and Acute Care Settings

As of July 11, long-term care homes and personal care homes may allow an unlimited number of visitors and family members for their residents, subject to scheduling limitations in a home.

Visitors and families will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 and will be offered rapid antigen testing in SHA facilities. Visitors and families are strongly encouraged to continue to wear masks during visits and to maintain physical distance, especially if not fully vaccinated. Staff will continue to take recommended precautions to protect residents including staff masking, screening, rapid testing, and use of personal protective equipment.

More information on family visitation to care home settings is available.

Masking and screening will still be required for all patients and visitors to Saskatchewan's acute care health facilities. All measures regarding screening for COVID-19, including screening for symptoms and masking will continue at all Saskatchewan Cancer Agency facilities until further notice.

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5. Children under 12; those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons

At this point in time, there are no COVID-19 vaccines approved for children under 12.  All residents 12+ are encouraged to be fully vaccinated to afford these groups the best circle of protection possible.

Children can contract, transmit and become ill with COVID-19 though the risk for serious health outcomes is lower than older populations. If you are fully vaccinated, all activities with children will be considered lower risk.

While very few people have any contraindications to vaccination, there is a small population who may not mount an effective immune response after a complete vaccine series (e.g. some severely immunocompromised individuals). If you are a close contact of a person who cannot receive the vaccine due to health reasons, fully vaccinated individuals are asked to respect that person's personal preferences for any additional preventative measures.

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6. Ongoing Response to COVID-19

All public health agencies respond to localized outbreaks of transmittable diseases like influenza during the course of a year. Public health will continue monitoring and respond to localized COVID-19 outbreaks.

  • COVID-19 testing will be still be available. Testing locations and hours may depend on local rates of transmission and demand.
  • Contact tracing is a common practice for disease investigation and will continue for COVID-19. 
  • Cases and close contacts who are not fully immunized will be advised to isolate by public health officials. Individuals should follow all advice provided by public health officials.

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