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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Long-Term and Personal Care Home Visitation Guidance

Starting July 11, the COVID-19 public health restrictions will be lifted under Saskatchewan's Re-Opening Roadmap plan, and 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.

We need to remain vigilant while providing care to Saskatchewan residents, whether they are in acute care facilities, long-term care homes or personal care homes.

  • Visitors and families will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Family members and visitors will be offered rapid antigen testing.
  • Visitors and families are strongly encouraged to continue to wear masks during visits, and to maintain physical distance, especially if not fully vaccinated.

Staff in long-term care and personal care homes will continue to take recommended precautions to protect residents. This includes staff masking, screening, rapid testing, and use of personal protective equipment.

Care Home Visitation Questions and Answers

1. When Saskatchewan reaches Step 3 of its Reopening Roadmap plan on July 11, what is changing for long-term care homes and personal care homes?

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.

Facilities that have not already done so will also be able to return to regular routines around meals and services provided.

2. What are the rules around mask use and physical distancing?

All visitors and families are encouraged to wear masks and maintain physical distance, particularly if the resident, visitor or family member is not fully vaccinated. Be aware of the risks to your loved one, the staff who care for your loved one, and to yourself. Masks help to limit the spread of COVID-19.  If you or your loved one are not vaccinated, it is particularly important to wear a mask and stay two metres apart. Do what is right.

3. What precautions do staff have to follow?

The SHA is setting policies that will require staff in long-term care and personal care homes to continue to take recommended precautions to protect residents. This includes staff continuing with masking and use of other personal protective equipment, screening, and rapid testing.

4. Can people still visit their loved ones if they are not vaccinated?

Yes, but they should wear a mask and maintain two metres of physical distance between them. COVID-19 is still present in Saskatchewan. We need to remain vigilant for the sake of vulnerable residents in care homes.

5. Is it mandatory for unvaccinated visitors and family members to wear masks and physical distance?

These continuing precautions are highly recommended. Visitors and family members should sign in for contact tracing purposes and may indicate whether they are fully vaccinated.

6. Can people arrange large family gatherings?

Larger group visits in common areas may have to be scheduled in advance, so please contact the facility ahead of time to ensure that there is adequate and appropriate space available. This is the same practice as before the COVID-19 pandemic.

7. How many visitors and family members are allowed?

An unlimited number of visitors and family members will be permitted effective July 11. However, residents and families should be made aware that larger group visits in common areas may have to be scheduled in advance.

8. Can a long term care or personal care home resident be taken outside the facility to restaurants, family homes or other gatherings?

Yes. Residents can be taken for outings. Families should consider the risks to their loved one if they are in crowds or with other family members who may not be vaccinated.

9. What about overnight outings?

Overnight outings may also occur unless local restrictions have been placed on the facility or the community, at the discretion of the local medical health officer.

10. Do the same rules apply in hospitals and cancer facilities?

For the time being, COVID-19 prevention procedures and guidelines will remain in place in acute care facilities and Saskatchewan Cancer Agency location including directives such as masking for staff, visitors and family members, use of personal protective equipment and screening protocols

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