Saskatchewan has announced a one month “slow down” (not lockdown) with new measures that begin November 19, 2020. These include mandatory masks, no public gatherings, and likely new protocols to help make restaurants and bars safer. Public health measures will be in effect until December 17, 2020 and then subject to review.
There are no new restrictions for retail anticipated presently and the hope is that the new identified measures have the desired effect to flatten the curve so that a full lockdown can be avoided. Retailers must be diligent in supporting physical distancing and mandatory facial coverings in their stores to help prevent new retail restrictions.
New measures include:
- Masks mandatory province-wide: Wearing of non-medical masks in all indoor public spaces across the province. (Previously only communities that had higher populations had a mandatory mask policy).
- Reduced private indoor gathering sizes: Indoor private gathering sizes are being reduced to five, down from ten, including immediate family.
Review of hospitality industry guidelines: The government will also be consulting with the hospitality industry (restaurants, bars, casinos, etc.) on how the guidelines can be enhanced.