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

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Public Health Measures

The Government of Saskatchewan is announcing new measures to address health care capacity pressures caused by rising case rates, primarily driven by the unvaccinated population. 

Mandatory Masking Indoor Public Spaces

Effective Friday, September 17, 2021 an interim province-wide mandatory masking order will be implemented for all indoor public spaces, 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).

Proof of Vaccination 

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, including:

  • Indoor dining at restaurants;
  • Nightclubs, bars, taverns and other licensed establishments;
  • Event and entertainment venues, including conference centres, casinos, movie theatres, concert venues, live-music venues, museums, and indoor facilities hosting ticketed sporting events;
  • Indoor fitness centres, and gyms.

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

Proof of vaccination will not be required for the following:

  • Retail businesses, including grocery stores;
  • Places of worship;
  • Fast food restaurants offering takeout and delivery;
  • Health care services, professional services, or personal services;
  • Hotels or other lodging;
  • Facilities hosting non-ticketed amateur sporting events, including youth athletics and recreational leagues;
  • Business meetings and places of business closed to the general public, unless otherwise directed by the business or employer;
  • Private gatherings held at public indoor venues, such as weddings and funerals.
  • Private gatherings at private residences.

Protocols regarding proof of negative test requirements are currently under development for those residents opting to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, and will include the provision of documentation demonstrating proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test provided by a certified healthcare provider, including private providers of COVID-19 tests. 

Mandatory Self-Isolation 

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for 10 days after receiving a positive test result.  

Close contacts of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 will also be required to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of their last exposure if they are not fully vaccinated.

Fully vaccinated individuals identified as a close-contact of a positive case will not be required to self-isolate, but will be required to self-monitor and seek testing at the first sign of COVID-19 symptoms.

Unvaccinated school-age children (including high school) and day care children who are close contacts are exempt from self-isolation (may attend school or day care for education purposes and ride a school bus) provided that they have no symptoms and wear a face covering at all times while attending school or day care or ride the bus.  

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