On March 25, 2020, the Government of Saskatchewan announced further measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The Government of Saskatchewan is limiting the size of public and private gatherings to a maximum of 10 people in one room, effective March 26, 2020. Exceptions are provided where two-metre distancing between people can be maintained, such as: workplaces and meeting settings where people are distributed into multiple rooms or buildings; and retail locations deemed essential.
The government also released a comprehensive list of critical public services and business services that will be allowed to continue operating during the COVID-19 response and maintaining critical services to the public and industry to prevent supply chain disruption.
The list includes: health care and public health workers; law enforcement, public safety and first responders; production, processing and manufacturing and the supporting supply chains; transportation and logistics; government and community services; media and telecommunications; construction including maintenance and repair; select retail services; and banking and financial services.
The full list of allowable business services is available here: Critical Public Services to Address COVID-19 and Allowable Business Services.
Non-allowable business services will be prohibited from providing public-facing services. Examples of this include: clothing stores; shoe stores; flower shops; sporting good and adventure stores; vaping supply shops; boats, ATV, or snowmobile retailers; gift, book, or stationary stores; jewelry and accessory stores; toy stores; music, electronic and entertainment stores; pawn shops; and travel agencies.
This is in addition to the business services that were ordered closed on March 23.
Information on previously announced measures is below.
On March 20, 2020, the Chief Medical Health Officer updated the public health order under The Public Health Act to further reduce the risk of potential COVID-19 transmission in the province. At the same time, Premier Scott Moe signed an order pursuant to the provincial State of Emergency directing that all orders of the government and Chief Medical Health Officer must be followed and that law enforcement agencies in Saskatchewan have the full authority to enforce those orders.
In consultation with the Minister of Health, the following measures are effective immediately:
- The closure of all nightclubs, bars, lounges and similar facilities. Take out of alcohol or food products so permitted with two-metre distancing between customers and the delivery of alcohol or food products.
- In-person classes in all primary and secondary educational institutions both public and private are suspended.
- Visitors to long-term care homes, hospitals, personal care homes, and group homes shall be restricted to family visiting for compassionate reasons.
- Effective immediately, all persons who have travelled internationally shall go into mandatory self-isolation for 14 days from date of arrival back into Canada.
- Health Care workers who have traveled internationally, truckers, rail, airline or other working crews are exempt from this advisory only if they are required to work to maintain essential services, provide emergency health care services and maintain supply chain, and are supervised by Infection, Prevention Control Officers and/or Occupational Health and Safety in the workplace.
- All persons who have been identified by a Medical Health Officer as a close contact of a person or persons with novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) shall go into mandatory self-isolation for 14 days from the date of last having been exposed to COVID-19.
- All persons who have become symptomatic while on mandatory self-isolation shall call HealthLine 811 and follow HealthLine's directives.
- All persons who are household members of a person having laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 shall immediately go into mandatory self-isolation, call HealthLine 811 and follow HealthLine's directives.
The following measures were effective March 23, 2020:
- The closure of restaurants, food courts, cafeterias, cafes, bistros and similar facilities. Exceptions are take-out with two-metre distancing between customers during pick-up; drive-through food services; delivery of food products; soup kitchens, not-for-profit community and religious kitchens with two-metre distancing between tables.
- The closure of all recreational and entertainment facilities including fitness centers, casinos, bingo halls, arenas, curling rinks, swimming pools, galleries, theatres, museums and similar facilities.
- The closure of all personal service facilities including tattooists, hairdressers, barbers, acupuncturists, acupressurists, cosmetologists, electrologists, estheticians, manicurists, pedicurists, suntanning parlours, relaxation masseuses, and facilities in which body piercing, bone grafting or scarification services are performed.
- The closure of dental, optometrist, chiropractic, registered massage therapy and podiatry clinics except for non-elective procedures.
- All daycare facilities are limited to maximum of eight children unless they can configure the facility so that a maximum of eight children are kept in room and be in accordance with the Saskatchewan child care guidelines for care.
- All daycares that are co-located with a long-term care or personal care home that meet the above restriction shall be segregated with a private entrance so that there are no shared common areas with the home and no interaction between daycare children and residents of the facility.
Current order (March 26, 2020)
Public Health Order: The Chief Medical Health Officer of Saskatchewan has issued a Public Health Order to help control transmission of COVID-19 (March 26, 2020)
Public Health Order: The Chief Medical Health Officer of Saskatchewan has issued a Public Health Order to help control transmission of COVID-19 (March 20, 2020)
Public Health Order: The Chief Medical Health Officer of Saskatchewan has issued a Public Health Order to help control transmission of COVID-19 (March 19, 2020)
Public Health Order: The Chief Medical Health Officer of Saskatchewan has issued a Public Health Order to help control transmission of COVID-19 (March 17, 2020)