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Saskatchewan: Is my retail business an “essential service”?

March 26, 2020

Effective March 26, 2020, the Government of Saskatchewan will be imposing further restrictions on the types of businesses that may continue to operate in the province, as  the spread of COVID-19 continues.  

While stores determined to be “non-essential” will be unable to provide public-facing services, it does not preclude opportunities to expand into online retailing or provide pick-up or delivery services.

Retail Council of Canada has done significant advocacy work to clarify what is considered an “essential retail business”, given the diverse needs of consumers. See current allowable Saskatchewan services list.

Those that continue to operate public-facing services must continue to adhere to social distancing practices, ensuring a distance of two metres between people in their stores.

Examples of non-essential business services that will be prohibited from providing public-facing services include: clothing stores; shoe stores; flower shops; sporting good and adventure stores; vaping supply shops; boats, ATV, or snowmobile retailers; gift, book, or stationary stores; jewelry and accessory stores; toy stores; music, electronic and entertainment stores; pawn shops; and travel agencies.

Definitions of Essential Retail Business Services:

  • Grocery and other food stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Convenience stores
  • Hardware, home supply and appliance stores 
  • Restaurants (take out or delivery only)
  • Cleaners, drycleaners and laundromats
  • Medical supplies and services
  • Pet food stores and supplies
  • Work equipment (safety and protection)
  • Automotive dealers, auto repair and autobody shops
  • Stores selling beer, wine, liquor or cannabis products
  • Gas stations, diesel, propane and heating fuel providers
  • Businesses that supply office products and services
  • Rental and leasing services
  • Professional services including lawyers and paralegals, engineers and translators
  • Land registration services and real estate agent services
  • Businesses providing security services including private security guards, monitoring or surveillance equipment and services

The Saskatchewan Government has committed to reviewing this list every two weeks and may add or withdraw eligible business categories as they determine necessary.

Should you have questions regarding this announcement, please contact:

John Graham
Director, Government Relations
[email protected]

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