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COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

This page is intended to provide information to the public on cleaning, disinfection, and other mitigation measures in regard to the COVID-19 response. Public health measures for workplaces and other specific situations can be found at Saskatchewan COVID-19 Public Health Measures.

The most up-to-date COVID-19 information can be found at the Government of Saskatchewan's COVID-19 page.

General Information

  • The novel coronavirus primarily spreads via respiratory droplets from coughing and sneezing during close person-to-person contact. It also spreads by touching surfaces with the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfection help prevent spread of the disease.
  • Clean often. Common areas should be kept clean and free from clutter.
  • Commonly touched areas should be cleaned and disinfected twice daily or whenever visibly soiled.
  • Commonly touched areas include light switches, doorknobs, toilets, taps, hand rails, counter tops, toys, touch screens/mobile devices, remote controls, keyboards, laundry machine control panels, and vending machines.


  • Based on current research, the risk of becoming ill with COVID-19 from ingesting food or contact with food packaging is very low.
  • To further minimize risk, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer prior to eating, before and after grocery shopping, and after handling food packaging.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables after returning home or prior to use.
  • Follow social distancing directions provided by the grocery store. Keep a distance of two metres from other customers, even in the checkout line.
  • Do not go shopping if you are sick or symptomatic. Make use of takeout and delivery services where possible.
  • The current evidence shows no increased risk of transmission with takeout, drive-through, and meal delivery. Wherever possible limit contact with service and delivery people.

Shelters and Food Banks

  • Volunteers and staff should wash hands and use hand sanitizer regularly. Access to handwashing facilities and/or hand sanitizer should be made available to patrons.
  • Staff and volunteers should stay home if sick. Encourage shelter patrons to report symptoms and assist them in self-isolation where possible.
  • Keep a distance of two metres between sleeping mats or cots with "head-to-foot" placement.
  • At meal sitting maintain two metres distance between patrons. Have hand hygiene facilities available (hand sanitizer and/or hand sink). Staff may consider dispensing hand sanitizer to patrons to reduce contact with common touch container and ensure security of supply.
  • If your shelter facility lacks facilities to allow patrons to self-isolate, work with other agencies or alternate locations to find capacity.
  • Disinfect surfaces like railings, doorknobs, tables, baskets, etc. on a regular basis.
  • Whenever possible, use non-porous plastic tables that can be easily disinfected.
  • Consider increasing practicality of social distancing by staggering entry or only allowing small groups of people in at a time. Cancel group gatherings and activities.
  • Continue routine precautions and hand hygiene when accepting food and other donations from private homes as well as public facilities.

Hotels and Public Accommodation

  • Increase cleaning and disinfection of all common areas and surfaces such as door knobs/handles, check-in counter tops, elevator buttons, light switches, vending machines, and washrooms. Frequently touched surfaces in guest rooms must also be disinfected using a disinfectant that has a Drug Identification Number (DIN).
  • Complimentary drinks and snacks should be removed from the lobby and other areas. Buffets and self-serve options should not be offered. Items may be dispensed to public by staff following proper hand hygiene requirements.
  • It is recommended that persons requiring self-isolation do so in their homes. If a hotel or public accommodation room is being used for isolation, the individual should not leave the room once checked in. Guests should review self-isolation procedures.
  • Regular housekeeping services will not be provided to rooms where individuals are isolating. Staff and visitors should leave linens, toiletries, cleaning supplies, essential items, and meals outside the door.
  • Guests who are in isolation should not enter common areas of the hotel.
  • After guests have left an isolation room, designated staff should thoroughly clean and disinfect potentially contaminated surfaces with an approved disinfectant, and launder all cloth items.


  • Use public transportation, taxi, and rideshare when necessary. Avoid unnecessary trips to reduce potential spread.
  • Practice social distancing. Stay two metres away from fellow passengers on buses and larger transport vehicles. Sit in the back seat of a taxi or ride share.
  • Use alternative payment methods such as credit cards to limit cash handling.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • If you have symptoms, contact HealthLine 811 prior to taking public transportation, taxis or ride shares. Follow advice provided.

Private household

  • Clothing and fabric items should be laundered and dried on the highest temperature setting possible. Ensure items are thoroughly dried.
  • If someone in your household becomes ill, keep them in a dedicated room, limit contact to what is needed for caregiving, clean and disinfect often, and wash hands when leaving the room.
  • There is no evidence, at this time, that companion animals can spread COVID-19 to humans. However, it may be possible for you to spread COVID-19 to your pets if you become sick.
  • Have a plan for someone to care for your pets if you become ill.
  • If receiving mail and packages, including food or grocery delivery, practice good hand hygiene after handling items and refrain from touching your face.

Apartment Buildings and Group Living

  • Owners, operators, caretakers, and landlords should arrange for increased cleaning and disinfection in all common areas. Commonly touched areas include door handles, elevator buttons, chairs, railings, laundry machines, counters, and intercoms.
  • Residents should refrain from gathering in non-essential shared spaces including gyms, common rooms, activity rooms, patios/decks, cafes, lunchrooms, hallways, and dining halls.
  • Laundry rooms, mailrooms, bike storage rooms, and parking garages can still be used.
  • Shared washrooms should be kept well stocked with soap and water for hand washing and frequently cleaned and disinfected.
  • Standing group activities such as morning coffees, games nights, etc. should be discontinued.

COVID-19 Appropriate Use of PPE for the Public

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