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

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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

Effective Friday, September 17, 2021, an interim public health order is in effect requiring the use of non-medical masks in all indoor public spaces in Saskatchewan, including schools. 

Indoor public spaces are any enclosed space other than a private home or dwelling.  This may include but is not exclusive to workplaces, retail locations, recreational venues, eating and dining establishments and professional buildings.  “Indoor public spaces” includes those areas of a business or venue that are restricted to staff only (areas where there is no access for the public).

Exempt from the masking order will be indoor youth athletics for those under the age of 18 while they are actively engaged in athletic activity. Masking in venues hosting youth athletics will remain required for general entry and exit into the facility, along with for spectators. 

Information about masking in school settings in available.

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3. For Businesses, Workplaces and Events

Effective October 1, 2021 a proof of vaccination or negative test policy will be implemented for all Government of Saskatchewan ministry, crown and agency employees. Employees of all Government of Saskatchewan ministries, crowns and agencies will be required to be fully vaccinated by October 1. Employees that do not provide proof of vaccination will be required to provide proof of a negative test result on a consistent basis. 

The Government of Saskatchewan is encouraging other employers, including school divisions, to implement a similar proof of vaccination or negative-test policy for employees in the workplace.

Effective October 1, 2021 a provincial requirement for proof of vaccination or negative test will be implemented for public access to a list of establishments, businesses and event venues that bring groups of people together.  Information on applicable businesses as well as questions and answers about the proof of vaccination requirements are available.

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the proof of vaccination or negative test requirement.

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

Family presence and visitation policies in acute and long term care settings may be updated, depending on COVID-19 transmission in a community, region or the province.  Please check the current visitation policies for Saskatchewan Health Authority facilities before visiting acute and long term care settings.  

Please note that personal care homes will be abiding by any policy in any community where there are restrictions in place for long-term care settings.  

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. 

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

Public health will continue monitoring and respond to COVID-19 outbreaks. Contact tracing is a common practice for disease investigation and will continue and COVID-19 testing is available. Cases and close contacts who are not fully immunized will be required to isolate by public health officials. 

Current information on case and contact management is available.

 

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