On May 1, 2020, the Province of Saskatchewan released a statement outlining the province’s expectations for the required criteria and measures that would need to be in place to restart the economy.
Conditions for re-launch
As restrictions are gradually lifted, the Government of Saskatchewan will carefully monitor the daily number of reported cases and other important indicators. They will also monitor to ensure that:
- Transmission of the virus is controlled;
- The provincial health system has enough capacity to test, isolate and treat every case, as well as trace every contact;
- Outbreak risks are minimized in special settings, such as health care facilities;
- Preventive measures are established in place in workplaces, schools and other essential gathering places;
- The risks of importing the virus from outside the province can be managed; and
- Communities and businesses are educated, engaged and empowered to adjust to the new realities brought about by COVID-19.
Stages for re-launch
Restrictions will be lifted in stages, with consideration given to socioeconomic factors and the risk of transmission. They will be implemented via public health orders and the timing will be dictated by evidence of transmission.
Phase One – beginning May 4
Re-opening previously restricted medical services; opening of golf courses, parks and campgrounds.
|Service or Business||Opening Date|
|Medical Services||May 4, 2020|
|Boat Launches (Provincial Parks)||May 4, 2020|
|Fishing (Southern Zone)||May 5, 2020|
|Fishing (Central Zone)||May 14, 2020|
|Golf Courses||May 15, 2020|
|Outdoor Individual Recreation||May 15, 2020|
|Fishing (Northern Zone)||May 25, 2020|
|Provincial Parks & Campgrounds|
(Registration starting May 4, 2020)
|June 1, 2020|
Medical services covered in Phase 1 include dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, optician services, podiatry, occupational therapy and chiropractic treatment, medical spas for therapeutic services provided by a licensed medical practitioner.
Phase Two – beginning May 19
Retail and personal services workplaces will need to follow guidance that essential businesses are currently following with respect to hand washing, intensive cleaning (particularly high-touch areas) and structuring stores to enable physical distancing. In order to meet these requirements, operators may need to limit the number of customers in the store. Gatherings are to be limited to less than 10 people.
|Service or Business||Opening Date|
|Retail||May 19, 2020|
|Shopping Malls||May 19, 2020|
|Select Personal Services||May 19, 2020|
Retail included in Phase 2 include:
- clothing stores
- shoe stores
- flower shops
- sporting good/adventure stores
- vaping supply shops
- boats, ATV and snowmobile dealers
- gift, book and stationery stores
- jewelry and accessory stores
- toy stores
- music, electronic and entertainment stores
- pawn shops
- travel agencies
- u-pick produce
Personal services available in Phase 2 include:
- hairstylist/barber (may wash, cut, style and chemically alter hair)
- registered massage therapist
Re-opening restaurants and food services, gyms and fitness centres, licensed establishments and child care facilities; re-opening remaining personal care services, Increasing the size of public and private gatherings to 15 people.
The date for Phase 3 is to be determined.
Re-opening indoor and outdoor recreation facilities; increasing the size of public and private gatherings to 30 people.
The date for Phase 4 is to be determined.
Consider lifting long-term restrictions.
The date for Phase 5 is to be determined.
The full guide released by the Province of Saskatchewan can be found here.