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Public Health Order for Proof of Vaccination or a Negative COVID-19 Test FAQ

New Public Health Order Requiring Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test at Additional Locations

What locations or venues have been added that now require proof of vaccination or a negative test?

Proof of vaccination or a negative test will be required at point of entry to access:

  • Seated dining in all restaurants including  fast food restaurants;
  • Liquor manufacturers conducting retail liquor sales; and
  • Liquor stores with an integrated permit that also hold a liquor restaurant or tavern permit.

When does this PHO take effect?

The new public health order will come into effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday, October 18 and will replace the Public Health Order that came into effect at 12:01 a.m. October 1, which outlines businesses and organizations required to request proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in order to access the venue.

Are there any newly identified exemptions to the requirement for POV or negative test?

The October 18th Public Health Order will continue to exempt food courts, food pick-up or delivery or for entering a premises to use a washroom.

How will the Public Health Order requirements be enforced?

The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA) and the Ministry of Health are adding resources and personnel to support Public Health Inspectors (PHIs).  This will re-establish a team of trained individuals to assist in awareness, education and compliance of the current public health order. 

These personnel will not be conducting inspections but will assist in responding to complaints of non-compliance with Public Health Orders. Once complaints are substantiated through investigation, members of this team may use their discretion to determine if a ticket will be issued or if education is enough to ensure that people are following the PHOs.

This team operated throughout the previous emergency order to assist in compliance with public health orders. 
The public can continue to log their inquiries at 1-855-559-5502

Additional FAQ

Do patrons still have to mask in my business once this order is in effect?

Mandatory indoor masking remains in effect for all indoor public venues in the province.

What businesses or venues does this order apply to?

This order will apply primarily to non-essential businesses, not including places of worship or private gatherings in public venues. This order will apply to:

  • Restaurants, including restaurants in hotels or other lodgings.
  • Nightclubs, bars, taverns buses and other establishments that serve alcohol under the authority of The Alcohol and Gaming Regulation Act, 1997.

Event and entertainment venues including:

  • theatres;
  • cinemas;
  • bingo halls, casinos and other gaming establishments;
  • concerts;
  • live-music venues;
  • fitness centres and gyms; 
  • stand alone liquor and cannabis retail sales locations; and
  • facilities hosting sporting events where tickets are required that have GST charged on the ticket.

What businesses or venues does this order not apply to?

Businesses or organizations exempt from this order includes:

  • retail businesses including grocery stores;
  • businesses holding an integrated liquor retail store permit that do not also hold a tavern or restaurant permit issued by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority;
  • places of worship (including weddings/funerals/wakes);
  • personal services, health care services, professional services;
  • public libraries;
  • hotels or lodging including self-serve food options located within the hotel or other lodging;
  • facilities hosting amateur sporting events, including youth athletics and recreational leagues;
  • private gatherings at public venues; (weddings/funerals/wakes/meetings); and
  • private gatherings at private residences

Does this apply to food courts in malls?

No. A proof of vaccination is not required for fast food courts in malls.

What about outdoor dining on patios?

Outdoor dining areas attached to restaurants will require Proof of Vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

Does this apply to self-serve food bars in hotels?

Self-serve food bars in hotels do not require a proof of vaccination or proof of negative test.

Wedding ceremonies are exempt, is my wedding reception also exempt?

Yes, currently all private functions in public venues such as wedding receptions will not require a proof of vaccination or proof of negative test.

Funerals are exempt, is the wake also exempt?

Yes, currently all private functions in public venues such as funerals wakes will not require a proof of vaccination or proof of negative test.

Are private meetings in hotel meeting rooms subject to Proof of Vaccination or negative COVID-19 test?

No. A private meeting held in a public hotel meeting room or other public venue will not require a proof of vaccination or negative COVID test.

Hotels and lodgings are exempt in the news release. What about restaurants, pools and gyms in hotels?

Only restaurants and bars within hotels will be required to ask for proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result. Hotels and lodgings including their pools and gyms are exempt from requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.

If I attend a worship service in a faith-based facility, this order does not apply. What if I have an event or run a private business in a faith facility, such an exercise class or a community supper?

Only worship services at places of worship are exempt from proof of vaccination or testing requirements. The requirements apply to other events, such as exercise classes or community suppers, that may also take place in faith-based facilities.

What happens if I have a private function in a public place, such as a hotel conference room or a restaurant I have rented out?

Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result will not be required for private functions that are held in hotel conference rooms or restaurants that have been rented or contracted to provide services for the event.

Will employees of those businesses/venues that are requiring proof of vaccination or test result also have to provide a proof of vaccination or test result in the workplace?

This determination will be made by the employer. The Government of Saskatchewan will be requiring all of its employees to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test and would strongly encourage other employers to follow suit. The government introduced The Employers' COVID-19 Emergency Regulations to assist employers making this decision.

If volunteers provide services in my venue or business, are they required to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test?

The requirements for proof of vaccination or negative test result for volunteers is the same as requirements for patrons for any venue or business.

How do I check vaccine credentials for my patrons (provide link to material prepared for businesses)?

There are several options for checking vaccine credentials for customers. These include:

  • QR Code on your mobile phone (screenshot from MySaskHealthRecord or SK Vax Wallet app)
  • QR code printed from MySaskHealthRecord
  • COVID-19 vaccine certificate printed from MySaskHealthRecord
  • Wallet cards received at time of immunization (Saskatchewan Health Authority or Indigenous Services Canada)
  • Proof (electronic or in writing) issued by another province, territory or government.

More information for business owner/operator/managers is available.

What is a legitimate private test? What do I need to look or check for as a business?

There are a number of private labs offering COVID testing for a fee in Saskatchewan. A list of labs and locations is available.

Where can I learn more about vaccination services in Saskatchewan?

COVID-19 vaccination is ongoing and available in multiple locations and venues. Complete details on participating pharmacy locationspop up clinics and how to book are available.

Where can I learn more about QR codes and how to read them?

Information on how to download and use QR codes, including instructions and how-to videos is available.

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