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Released on April 23, 2020
Today, Premier Scott Moe and Saskatchewan's Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab announced the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan.
Re-Open Saskatchewan is a plan built on a methodical and phased approach to slowly lifting restrictions so that more businesses can open and more employees can go back to work. The plan introduces five phases to methodically, gradually and cautiously re-open businesses and services across Saskatchewan, beginning May 4, 2020. The plan also details physical distancing measures and restrictions that will remain in place throughout the five phases and provides a number of factors to inform decisions regarding the lifting of long-term restrictions.
“Over the next several weeks, restrictions will be gradually lifted by adding more types of businesses to the allowable businesses list, meaning that they can re-open if they so choose,” Moe said. “All businesses and public venues will be required to continue following physical distancing and cleaning and disinfection practices to protect both employees and customers. Members of the public will be expected to follow physical distancing rules and to stay home if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.”
Five Phases of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan
The Re-Open Saskatchewan plan consists of five phases. The timing and order of the businesses and workplaces included in each phase is subject to change throughout the process based on a continuous assessment of transmission patterns and other factors.
Phase One – Beginning May 4, 2020
Phase Two – May 19, 2020
Phase Three – Date To Be Determined
Phase Four – Date To Be Determined
Phase Five – Date To Be Determined
Monitoring Transmission of COVID-19 and Phase Advancement Criteria
The plan will also provide clear guidance to the public so they can continue to follow current public health orders and prepare accordingly for lifting of restrictions.
Long-Term Restrictions on High Risk Areas Remain In Place
A number of long-term measures and restrictions that are related to the highest risk areas will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
These long-term restrictions include:
Recommendations throughout all Phases
Service Delivery Within the Saskatchewan Health Authority
Re-Open Saskatchewan does not include service delivery plans for the Saskatchewan Health Authority. Resumption of elective surgeries, diagnostics and other non-essential procedures currently suspended as part of the COVID-19 system response will be considered separately, with updates on that plan coming in the near future.
COVID-19 Information for Saskatchewan Residents
Residents of Saskatchewan should remain diligent in maintaining physical distancing and practicing good hygiene. For information regarding the latest COVID-19 updates and to read the full Re-Open Saskatchewan plan, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19.
Businesses seeking further information can contact the Business Response Team by calling 1-844-800-8688, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-businesses.
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