The City of Lloydminster is following new measures implemented by the government of Saskatchewan to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

These new measures go into effect on March 26.

Non-allowable businesses are restricted from providing public-facing services, but they can still continue online services, pick-up and delivery services.

Non-allowable businesses include clothing stores, shoe stores, flower shops, sporting goods and adventure stores, snowmobile and similar ATV or boat retail stores, vaping supply shops, book stores, toy stores, pawn shops and travel agencies.

“Non-allowable businesses will be shown on the City of Lloydminster website and we recommend all city businesses refer to the website for further information,” says EMO Manager Jordan Newton.

Public gatherings are now restricted to no more than 10 people in one room. Exceptions include workplaces and meeting settings where a two metre distance can be maintained or where people can be spread across multiple rooms. Retail stores deemed essential are an exception.

On March 25, law enforcement agencies in Alberta were given the authority to public health orders and hand out fines. Premier Jason Kenney argues that every tool must be used to ensure public safety. Newton says the city will work with Lloydminster RCMP to enforce public health measures if need be.

“There have been some announcements from the province of Alberta with community peace officers and we’ll continue to work through who and how we enforce measures in Lloydminster.”

Newton says the city will continue working with the RCMP to educate residents about COVID-19 and the measures that are in place.