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Saskatchewan's Re-Opening Roadmap

More than a year after the first positive case of COVID-19 was first identified in Saskatchewan, the virus continues to impact the way we live and work in Saskatchewan. However, on the strength of the Saskatchewan Immunization Delivery Plan, we continue to move towards re-opening the provincial economy, as well as the activities and events the people of our province enjoy. With clear benchmarks and guidelines on how we can begin returning to our normal lives, the Saskatchewan Re-Opening Roadmap will help direct our province's re-opening activities.

Re-opening the province is based on the rapid expansion and delivery of larger volumes of COVID-19 vaccine, with the expectation that all residents in Saskatchewan over the age of 18 will have an opportunity to receive their first dose of vaccine by the end of May 2021. It will occur in three steps, with approximately three weeks between each step.

The ability to quickly and efficiently Re-Open Saskatchewan will rely on three fundamental principles:

  • Everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated should be immunized as soon as possible – with the first available vaccine.
  • Until you are fully vaccinated (one or two doses depending on the vaccine), be patient and follow the public health orders in place.
  • The province receives the supply of vaccines it is expecting in a timely manner.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a long journey for all of us. We've all felt the effects of the public health restrictions and have missed our loved ones. However, for the sake of everyone in the province, if we continue to remain diligent and observe the public health measures, we will reach our goal of re-opening our province in the weeks and months ahead.

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1. Re-Opening Roadmap

Saskatchewan will lift public health orders and restrictions in three steps, based on specific vaccination thresholds being met.

Steps Threshold
Step One
  • Three weeks have passed since 70 per cent of people age 40 and above have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Vaccine eligibility is open to all adults (18+) in the province.
Step Two
  • Three weeks have passed since 70 per cent of people age 30 and above have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Three weeks have passed since the beginning of Step One.
Step Three
  • Three weeks have passed since 70 per cent of people age 18 and above have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Three weeks have passed since the beginning of Step Two.
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2. Step One

Step One will begin once three weeks have passed since 70 per cent of people age 40 and older have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and vaccine eligibility opens to all adults (18+) in the province.

A reintroduction of some of the guidelines in place in the summer of 2020.

Activity Approach
Retail and personal care services
  • Current restrictions remain in place.
  • Retail operations:
    • Large retailers (20,000 square feet or larger) must reduce capacity to 25 per cent, while other retailers must reduce to 50 per cent.
    • Capacity is based on fire code regulations or, when fire code capacity has not been established, ensuring patrons can maintain a minimum of two metres of physical distance.
  • Personal service facilities:
    • Must reduce capacity to 50 per cent.
    • Capacity is based on fire code regulations or, when fire code capacity has not been established, ensuring patrons can maintain a minimum of two metres of physical distance.
Restaurants and licensed establishments
  • Two metres of physical distancing must be maintained between tables or a structural barrier must be in place between tables when two metres of distance is not possible.
  • A maximum of six patrons per table.
  • Dance floors and buffets remain prohibited.
  • Resumption of VLT activity.
Places of worship
  • The total number of people participating in services cannot exceed 30 per cent of seating capacity or 150 people, whichever is less.
  • Individuals must be separated by two metres, unless part of the same extended household group.
Conference and banquet facilities, casinos, bingo halls, movie theatres, art galleries, libraries
  • Current restrictions remain in place.
    • Banquets and conference facilities – Gathering sizes per banquet/conference room for all event types (including wedding and funeral receptions) is a maximum of 30 people. No food or beverages allowed
    • Casinos – Closed.
    • Bingo halls – Closed.
    • Movie theatres – A maximum of 30 people per theatre, as long as staff and customers are able to maintain two metres of physical distance.
    • Live theatres – A maximum of 30 people per theatre room, as long as physical distancing can be maintained.
    • Art galleries – A maximum of 30 people are permitted.
    • Libraries – A maximum of 30 people are permitted.
Gyms and fitness facilities
  • An occupancy level must be maintained that allows staff and customers to maintain two metres of physical distance.
  • Group fitness classes involving intense aerobic or physical training (e.g. aerobics, Zumba, spin) can be offered if three metres of physical distancing can be maintained at all times.
Seasonal activities
Adult and youth sport and recreation
Long-Term and Personal Care Home visitation
  • Visitation in long-term care home and personal care homes moved to Level 1 protocols provided they meet the vaccine thresholds
Primary and secondary education
  • Current protocols remain in place until end of school year.
Post-secondary education
  • Current protocols remain in place until end of the semester.
Childcare and daycare settings
  • Current protocols remain in place.
Private indoor gatherings
  • 10 people.
Public indoor gatherings
  • 30 people.
Private outdoor gatherings
  • 10 people.
Public outdoor gatherings
  • 150 people.
Provincial masking mandate
  • Remains in place.
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3. Step Two

Step Two will begin once three weeks have passed since 70 per cent of people age 30 and above have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and three weeks have passed since the beginning of Step One.

Further lifting of restrictions and capacity thresholds with physical distancing recommendations and masking mandate in place.

Activity Approach
Retail and personal care services
  • No capacity thresholds.
  • An occupancy level must be maintained that allows staff and customers to maintain two metres of physical distance.
Restaurants and licensed establishments
  • No limit on table capacity.
  • Two metres of physical distancing must be maintained between tables or a structural barrier must be in place between tables when two metres of distance is not possible.
  • Dance floors and buffets remain prohibited.
Places of worship
  • NO CHANGE FROM STEP ONE:
    • The total number of people participating in the services cannot exceed 30 per cent of seating capacity or 150 people, whichever is less.
    • Individuals must be separated by two metres, unless they are part of the same extended household group.
Conference and banquet facilities, casinos, bingo halls, movie theatres, art galleries, libraries
  • Capacity cannot exceed 150 people.
    • An occupancy level must be maintained that allows staff and customers to maintain two metres of physical distance.
    • Venues that feature in-house dining must follow the Restaurants and Licensed Establishments Guidelines from the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan.
Gyms and fitness facilities
  • NO CHANGE FROM STEP ONE:
    • An occupancy level must be maintained that allows staff and customers to maintain two metres of physical distance.
    • Group fitness classes involving intense aerobic or physical training (e.g. aerobics, Zumba, spin) can be offered if three metres of physical distancing can be maintained at all times.
Seasonal activities
  • Seasonal activities continue with no restrictions.
Adult and youth sport and recreation
  • Activities continue with no restrictions.
Long-Term and Personal Care Home visitation
  • NO CHANGE FROM STEP ONE:
    • Visitation in long-term care home and personal care homes moved to Level 1 protocols provided they meet the vaccine thresholds previously announced.
Primary and secondary education
  • NO CHANGE FROM STEP ONE:
    • Current protocols remain in place until end of the school year.
Post-secondary education
  • NO CHANGE FROM STEP ONE:
    • Current protocols remain in place until end of the semester.
Childcare and daycare settings
  • NO CHANGE FROM STEP ONE:
    • Current protocols remain in place.
Private indoor gatherings
  • 15 people.
Public indoor gatherings
  • 150 people.
Private outdoor gatherings
  • 150 people.
Public outdoor gatherings
  • 150 people.
Provincial masking mandate
  • Remains in place.

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4. Step Three

Step Three will begin once three weeks have passed since 70 per cent of people age 18 and older have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and three weeks have passed since the beginning of Step Two.

Most remaining restrictions will be lifted. Guidance on gathering sizes and indoor masking will be developed based on the progress of the first two steps. Public health orders from Step Two on gathering sizes and indoor masking will remain in place until that guidance is finalized.

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5. FAQ

STEP ONE:

Will Step One go ahead on the targeted date of May 30, 2021?

Vaccine uptake will be monitored over the next few weeks to determine (several days in advance) the ability to move to Step One. Larger volumes of vaccine are scheduled to arrive and drive-thru, walk-in and scheduled clinics will ramp up to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible. The number of pharmacies offering vaccination is also expanding over the next several weeks with almost 400 pharmacies across the province participating in vaccine delivery.

What happens if there are not 70 per cent of residents aged 40 and older vaccinated?

The decision on whether or not Step One can be implemented will be made closer to that time, depending on the current circumstances. 

What restrictions will be lifted in Step One?

The measures will be a reintroduction of some of the guidelines in place in the summer of 2020.

Masks are required for indoor public spaces.

  • Retail and personal services – Current restrictions remain in place.
    • Retail operations:
      • Large retailers (20,000 square feet or larger) must reduce capacity to 25 per cent, while other retailers must reduce to 50 per cent.
      • Capacity is based on fire code regulations or, when fire code capacity has not been established, ensuring patrons can maintain a minimum of two metres of physical distance.
    • Personal service facilities:
      • Must reduce capacity to 50 per cent.
      • Capacity is based on fire code regulations or, when fire code capacity has not been established, ensuring patrons can maintain a minimum of two metres of physical distance.
  • Restaurants– Will be able to increase table capacity from four to six; however two metres between tables or a physical barrier must remain.  VLT activity may resume. Buffets and dance floors remain prohibited.
  • Worship – Total number of people allowed at a worship service cannot exceed 30 per cent of capacity or 150 people, whichever is less. Individuals must be separated by two metres of distance unless they are part of the same household.
  • Gyms – Occupancy level must allow two metres of physical distance. For group fitness classes that are higher intensity there must be three metres of physical distance maintained. Participants are no longer limited to groups of eight.
  • Seasonal Activities/Sport/Recreation – Can continue as previously announced in the April updates to the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan (ROSK). Individual sports (tennis and pickle ball) were allowed to resume in the April 20 ROSK and age requirements were lifted to allow for 19+ to resume dance and conditioning and training.
  • Conferences/Banquets/bingo/casino/movie theatres/art galleries/libraries/event and recreational facilities – Current restrictions remain in place.
  • Banquets and conference facilities – Gathering sizes per banquet/conference room for all event types (including wedding and funeral receptions) is a maximum of 30 people. No food or beverages allowed.
    • Casinos – Closed.
    • Bingo halls – Closed.
    • Movie theatres – A maximum of 30 people per theatre, as long as staff and customers are able to maintain two metres of physical distance.
    • Live theatres – A maximum of 30 people per theatre room, as long as physical distancing can be maintained.
    • Art galleries – A maximum of 30 people are permitted.
    • Libraries – A maximum of 30 people are permitted.
  • Long-term and Personal Care Home Visitation – Can resume based on previously announced thresholds of 90 per cent of residents vaccinated with two doses and allowing two people at a time indoors, with no restrictions on the number of people and up to four people outdoors.
  • Primary, secondary and post-secondary education and childcare – current protocols remain in place. 
  • Private indoor and outdoor gatherings – 10 people allowed.
  • Public indoor gatherings – 30 people allowed.
  • Public outdoor gatherings – up to 150 people allowed.

STEP TWO:

When will Step Two proceed?

Step Two will go ahead once three weeks have passed since 70 per cent of people aged 30 and older have received their first vaccine. Vaccination uptake and levels of virus transmission will be closely monitored. A determination to proceed to step two will be made several days in advance of the target date. If needed, depending on the current circumstances, a new target date will be announced. 

Why the requirement to wait until three weeks after 70 per cent have been vaccinated before Step Two?

Research shows that immunity takes some time to build up after vaccination. The vaccine efficacy is shown to be close to maximum coverage after three weeks, however immunity does continue to increase even after the three weeks. 

What restrictions are lifted in Step Two?

Masks are required for indoor public spaces.

  • Retail and personal services – All capacity thresholds will be lifted; must maintain occupancy that allows for physical distancing
  • Restaurants – There will be no capacity threshold for restaurant tables, however two metres between tables or physical barriers will remain. Dance floors and buffets remain prohibited.
  • Worship services, gyms or fitness facilities – Remains the same as Step One.
  • Primary, secondary and post-secondary education and childcare – Remains the same as Step One. 
  • Conferences/Banquets/bingo/casino/movie theatres/art galleries/libraries/event and recreational facilities – May have 150 person capacity ensuring staff and customers can maintain two metres of physical distance; restaurant guidelines apply at venues that serve food.
  • Seasonal activities and youth and adult sport and recreation – Can continue with no restrictions. (includes regular league play)
  • Long term and personal care home visitation – Remains the same as Step One.
  • Private indoor gatherings – Can increase to 15.
  • Private outdoor, public indoor and public outdoor – Can all increase to 150. 

With larger gathering sizes allowed by June 20, can planning for graduations and weddings allow for those larger size limits?

It is important to note that these are restrictions being lifted based on the ability to move through the steps because vaccination rate goals are being achieved. It would be wise to proceed cautiously in planning for these events, in case there are delays in moving through the steps due to higher virus transmission rates or lower vaccination rates.

STEP THREE:

When will Step Three Proceed?

Step Three will begin at three weeks later since the commencement of Step Two, when 70 per cent of Saskatchewan residents age 18 and older have received their first dose of vaccine

Vaccination uptake and levels of virus transmission will be closely monitored. A determination to proceed to Step Three will be made in advance of the target date. If current circumstances indicate the need to remain at Step Two for a longer period of time, a new target date will be announced. 

What restrictions are lifted with Step Three?

Once Saskatchewan reaches Step Three, further lifting of restrictions and capacity thresholds will take place. The province will be developing guidance for the public around masking and larger group gatherings in the weeks ahead. Public health orders from Step Two on gathering sizes and indoor masking will remain in place until that guidance is finalized.

OTHER QUESTIONS:

What will happen if we continue to see high and increasing numbers of positive variant cases?

As more vaccine becomes available, and vaccination scales up at a rapid pace, we should start to see the number of serious illness and death decline. It will be imperative to continue to follow public health orders while we continue to roll out vaccinations. Vaccination and following public health orders are our best defense in preventing increasing transmission of COVID 19.

What will happen if some parts of the province reach the vaccination goal but other parts do not?

The Re-Opening Roadmap depends on the majority of the province being able to reach the vaccination goals in order to move through the steps. If there are a small number of zones that do not reach the vaccination threshold, we may look at maintaining the current step level until the vaccination targets are reached. 

How do we know there will be enough vaccine to immunize 70 per cent of residents over the age of 18?

Saskatchewan is on track to receive increasing amounts of vaccines and estimate we will have adequate amounts for both first and second doses. 

What will happen if there are large numbers of people refusing to get vaccinated and the 70 per cent target is not reached? Will vaccination be made mandatory?

Vaccination is the path out of the pandemic and a return to normal. Everyone who is eligible is encouraged to roll up their sleeve and get vaccinated, to keep themselves, their family and friends safe. Vaccinations have never been mandatory.

Will proof of vaccination be required for certain activities or venues?

There may be some situations where safety will be a consideration. Under the current guidelines, for example, if a person wishes to visit an unvaccinated resident of a long-term or personal care home they must show proof that they have received both first and second doses of vaccine; this is to protect the resident and others who live in those facilities.

What about children and youth under 18? Will they be able to be vaccinated?

Clinically extremely vulnerable youth ages 16 and 17 are already being vaccinated with Pfizer which is approved for those ages.  Regulatory approvals are underway and Pfizer may soon be approved for ages 12 and up.

Will kids be able to take part in summer sports and activities like camp?

Yes. If vaccination rates are meeting targets and the virus levels are decreasing we can reach Step Two and seasonal sports and recreation activities can take place with no restrictions. 

Will there be a Roughrider season?

We are working on it. The Ministry of Health and the Business Response Team continue to work with the Roughriders on a plan for a 2021 CFL season. The number of fans in the stands will depend on a number of factors, and it would be premature to speculate on what that might look like in August.

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