In response to the public health risks of COVID-19, the Chief Medical Health Officer issues public health orders under the authority of The Public Health Act, 1994. The public health orders include measures and restrictions to mitigate the transmission of the virus. As the pandemic evolves, the public health orders will change accordingly. Regional differences in transmission and health care needs may also require some changes to the overall provincial approach.
Below are some general restrictions in place to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19. For a complete list of restrictions and information on the current public health orders, as well as restrictions for specific workplaces, please visit saskatchewan.ca/COVID19.
- Large public and private gatherings – indoors and outdoors – are prohibited. Effective June 22, 2020, indoor gatherings of up to 30 are permitted where space allows for two metres of physical distancing between participants. Outdoor gatherings of up to 30 people are still permitted with appropriate physical distancing.
- Non-essential international travel is strongly discouraged.
- Individuals identified by a Medical Health Officer as having COVID-19 or a close contact to someone with COVID-19 must immediately go into mandatory self-isolation until it is determined they no longer pose a public health threat.
- Individuals who are household members or close contacts of a person or persons with COVID-19 must immediately go into mandatory self-isolation for 14 days from the last date of exposure and call HealthLine 811 if they become symptomatic.
- Individuals who travelled internationally must go into mandatory self-isolation for 14 days from the date of arrival back into Canada, except for the following people if they are supervised by Infection Prevention and Control Officers or Occupational Health and Safety in the workplace:
- specific health care workers;
- workers who provide emergency health care services;
- workers who are essential to maintaining essential services;
- workers who maintain the supply chain; or
- rail, airline and transport crews.
- Visitors to special care homes, hospitals, personal care homes and group homes are restricted to family or designates visiting for compassionate reasons. All visitors must undergo additional health screening prior to entry.
- All businesses permitted to operate shall do so in accordance with the public health order and in a manner that prevents transmission of COVID-19.