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Public and Private Gatherings

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1. Public and Private Gatherings

Effective Thursday, November 19th, the size of private indoor gatherings is reduced to five people (in homes and buildings on private property such as garages and sheds).

Restrictions limiting the size of indoor and outdoor public and private gatherings remain in place.

Beginning November 19, private indoor gatherings may have a maximum of five people in the home or in buildings located on the private property (eg. garages, sheds). Two-metres physical distancing should be observed when people from outside the household are present. Indoor public gatherings and outdoor gatherings may have a maximum of 30 people where there is enough space to maintain two metres between individuals who are not in the same household.

The intent of the new measure is to limit social gatherings in homes.  The gathering size restriction does not apply to:

  • Settings where people are distributed into multiple rooms or buildings, workplaces and home-based businesses while they are operating as a business (including in-home daycares).  Home-based businesses are considered a workplace for the time the service is being provided, and not a private indoor gathering.  As such, owners/operators of these facilities should be following guidance available in the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan applicable to their place of business.  
  • Home-based businesses should be following Indoor Mandatory Masking Requirements.
  • Critical public service or an allowable business service.
  • Events and activities to the extent that the guidelines applicable to those events or activities found in the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan explicitly permits or requires an alternative gathering size for a specific event or activity. In such a case, the gathering size explicitly permitted or required shall not be exceeded and specified physical distancing shall be maintained.

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. Family Presence and Visitor Restrictions at Health Care Facilities

Effective Thursday, November 19, 2020, visits to all long-term care facilities and personal care homes are suspended, except for compassionate reasons as outlined in the policy below. This public health measure will be in effect until December 17, 2020, and then subject to review by Saskatchewan's Chief Medical Health Officer.

The decision to restrict visitor/family presence is not taken lightly. These measures are in place to keep you, your loved ones and health care workers safe. Your support and cooperation will help contain the spread of the virus.

  • Two family members or support persons can be identified to support patients and residents.
  • Only one family member or support person can be present in the facility at a time.
  • Two people can be present at one time if physical distancing can be maintained for:
    • Critical care/intensive care patients
    • End of life/palliative care patients or residents
    • Maternal Services Units (Maternal and Postpartum Units, Neonatal Intensive Care Units, Pediatric Intensive Care Units, Pediatric Units)
  • Additional family members or support persons may be identified for end of life, palliative and intensive/critical care, as outlined in the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) Family Presence Guidelines.

For more information on Family Presence and Visitor Restrictions, Personal Items and Virtual Visiting, visit Guidance for Health Care Facilities.

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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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