Learn more about COVID-19 in Saskatchewan. Daily case numbers and information for businesses and workers.

The Re-Open Saskatchewan plan was released on April 23rd.

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Public and Private Gatherings

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1. Public and Private Gatherings

On April 23, 2020, the province announced a plan to gradually lift restrictions on business and services in five phases beginning May 4, 2020.

Restrictions limiting the size of indoor and outdoor public and private gatherings remain in place. Effective June 22, 2020, indoor and outdoor gatherings may have a maximum of 30 people provided a two metre separation can be maintained at times between individuals who are not in the same household.

Extended Household Groups remain at a maximum of 15 people because they can be closer than two metres. Extended Household Groups cannot overlap with other Extended Household Groups.

Saskatchewan residents must continue to take measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Extended Households

With caution and under the following conditions, three or four close families or groups of friends may form an extended household group, to a maximum of 15 people:

  • Your families or friends must remain consistent. Do not visit different families or friends every day.
  • People in the same extended household group without high-risk people can be closer than two metres.
  • If you are going to create an extended household group, consider if any member of the group has chronic health conditions that would put them at greater risk, or if they are in close contact with someone who could be vulnerable.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Continue to practise everyday preventive actions in the new normal, including:
    • Practising proper cough and sneezing etiquette (into a tissue or the bend of your elbow);
    • Washing your hands often with soap and water; if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • Maintain a two metre distance with people who are not in your extended household group.

You should always be aware of who you have been in contact with over the past two weeks. These are the people who would need to be contacted by public health if you were to test positive for COVID-19.

How to form an extended household group

Drive-In Events (Parades, Graduations, Gatherings)

Guidance on Car-based Drive-In Events

This guidance is intended for car parades and drive-in events such as graduations and fireworks. It excludes drive-in religious services and drive-in theatres as they have specific guidance.

See current and long-term restrictions in place in Saskatchewan.

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2. Compassionate Care Visitor Restrictions at SHA Facilities

On April 23, 2020, the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) announced further measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Visitors will not be permitted in Saskatchewan Health Authority hospitals or care facilities except for compassionate reasons. We recognize how difficult this is for patients and families, but this decision is guided by the need to protect our patients and health care teams.

Compassionate reasons may include immediate family during end-of-life care, family of patients prior to a major surgery or visitors aiding in clinical care (at the discretion of the patient's care provider).

One healthy visitor is allowed at a time for in-person visits for compassionate reasons. This can include a spouse, common-law spouse, child or stepchild, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sibling or a support person with whom the resident has had an equivalent relationship.

Until we are able to safely allow visitors back into our healthcare facilities, we encourage you to consider other ways to stay connected such as phone calls or online means of communication.

Visit Guidance for Health Care Facilities for more information on Compassionate Care Visitation, Personal Items and Virtual Visiting.

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3. Guidance for Drive-In or Remote Worship Services

Effective June 22, 2020, there are new guidelines for indoor worship gatherings. Places of worship may resume services, providing physical distancing of two metres can be maintained between each individual household. The total number of people participating in a service cannot exceed 30 per cent of seating capacity or 150 people, whichever is less. To safely support larger groupings of individuals – and where seating area allows adequate physical distancing – multiple groups of 30 are permitted. These groups must be separated by two metres, unless they are part of the same family. Other groups of 30 must be arranged in the same way and spaced from other groups by a minimum of five metres.

However, when possible, delivering services virtually or through remote delivery (drive-in services) is recommended.

Drive-in services must be in designated parking lots or staging areas and also meet the following conditions:

  • Individuals are encouraged to remain in their vehicles as much as possible. Only individuals from the same household may occupy the same vehicle.
  • Event organizers must have measures in place to ensure people maintain two metres of separation if they need to leave their vehicles. However, attendees should be encouraged to remain in their vehicles.
  • Vehicles must be separated by a minimum of two metres.
  • Access to washroom facilities must be limited. Where washroom access is provided, frequent cleaning and disinfection must take place throughout the event.
  • People leaving their vehicles to use the washrooms must maintain a minimum of two metres of separation from others at all times.
  • No food or beverage service is allowed.
  • All other services must be suspended, including picnic and play areas.
  • Anyone who is feeling sick or symptomatic must remain at home.
  • Organizers must provide proposals for any events to local public health officials, as well as be available to answer any questions, to ensure the event does not pose a risk of spreading COVID-19.

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