Several restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic have been lifted or eased in Saskatchewan, as of May 30, as Step 1 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Road Map is now in effect.
The government released plans for the Reopen Saskatchewan Road Map earlier this spring. For Step 1 to occur, 70 per cent of Saskatchewan residents ages 40 and up had to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
That milestone was reached May 9, and Step 1 was implemented three weeks later.
The following changes have been made to public health orders during Step One:
- Restaurants and bars are open with maximum of six people at a table, two metres or structural barriers between tables. VLTs may reopen. Dance floors and buffets remain closed;
- Thirty per cent of capacity or 150 people, whichever is less, at places of worship, with physical distancing between households;
- Group fitness classes involving intense training, like aerobics and spin, can resume, with three metres between participants;
- Limit of 10 people at private indoor and outdoor gatherings, including household gatherings;
- Limit of 30 people at public indoor gatherings;
- Limit of 150 people at public outdoor gatherings; and
- Outdoor team sports can resume normal activities, including games in league play.
Current restrictions remain in place for retail, personal care services, event facilities, casinos, bingo halls, theatres, art galleries, libraries and recreational facilities;
Current protocols also remain in place for primary, secondary and post-secondary education and for childcare;
The provincial mask mandate remains in effect.
As part of Step One, visitor restrictions for residents of long-term and personal care homes are also being eased. All residents will be able to:
- Welcome an unlimited number of visitors, two at a time, indoors;
- Welcome up to four family members or support persons at a time outdoors; and
- All residents who go on outings will no longer be required to quarantine upon their return.
Step 2 in the road map, which will see additional restrictions lifted, is slated to take effect June 20.