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, including issuing focused public health orders to mitigate specific transmission risks. If a public health order happens to conflict with the guidelines in the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, the requirements in the public health order take precedence.
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.
- All indoor gatherings in private dwellings are limited to immediate households only (individuals, who live on their own, are permitted to meet with one household of less than five and always the same household). Co-parenting arrangements are permitted to continue.
- Public and private outdoor gatherings are permitted up to 10 persons. People in attendance must ensure that physical distancing of at least two metres between households is maintained.
- Casinos and bingo halls are closed.
- Personal care services must reduce customer occupancy by 50 per cent.
- Retail services (essential and non-essential) must reduce their capacity to 50 per cent as prescribed in the public health order. Large big box retailers, as defined in the public health order, must reduce to 25 per cent of capacity.
- All people in Saskatchewan and the City of Lloydminster are required to wear non-medical masks in indoor public spaces to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
- The public health orders outline scenarios where specific exemptions are permitted.
- Businesses serving food, beverages and liquor in Saskatchewan have additional restrictions outlined in a specific public health order, including reduced hours of operation.
- Licensed liquor transportation (party buses and limousines) are not permitted.
- In the event that a critical public service or allowable business service is unable to maintain two-metre distancing, other measures must be in place to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. This may include, but is not limited to, self-monitoring of personal health and supervision by Infection Prevention and Control Officers or Occupational Health and Safety.
- Non-essential travel, including interprovincial travel, is strongly discouraged.
- Working from home should be implemented wherever possible, especially for all non-essential services.
- 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 and personal care 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.