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Saskatchewan announces final re-openings under Phase 4

Saskatchewan has announced the last round of businesses set to re-open under phase four. These businesses will be re-introduced in a staggered way, starting on July 6th.

On that day indoor pools, rinks, indoor sports and activities, and performing arts venues for music, dance and theatre will be able to re-open.

Restaurants can increase their seating capacity to any level, so long as they’re able to maintain physical distancing. VLTs, pool tables, dartboards, arcade games or other recreation areas will be able to re-open on July 6th, with enhanced cleaning methods.

The next step will be on July 9th, when casinos and bingo halls are able to re-open for business. At these establishments, table games will still be closed. Health authorities recommend people keep their distance and not watch others play. Slot machines and seating should be reduced to create physical distancing as well.

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The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority has also announced that their casinos, including the Gold Horse in Lloydminster and Gold Eagle in North Battleford, will both re-open on the 9th as well. They add they will be doing extra cleaning steps, creating ways to physically distance and health screening staff and players before they enter.

The final part of this phase comes on July 16th, with racetracks and rodeo-related activities restarting operations. The province says guidelines are being developed for both staff and spectators. Live entertainment in restaurants and bars can also begin again on the 16th.

Phase 5, when the province begins lifting long term restrictions, does not have a date attached to it yet.

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