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Saskatchewan extending COVID-19 restrictions until February 19th

The Saskatchewan Government says they are once again extending the public health order, and the restrictions therein.

In a new announcement on January 26th, the government says all current public health restrictions will continue until February 19th, at which time they’ll be reviewed by public health officials. This marks the second time the restrictions have been extended since being brought in before the holidays.

Household gatherings still restricted, care home visits restricted

As it stands, home gatherings are restricted to just the immediate household, while single people can still go to a home one, consistent household of fewer than five individuals. Co-parenting situations can still go ahead, along with caregiver and support services.

Outdoor gathering rules remain at ten, as long as physical distancing can be maintained between households. Interprovincial travel is also still highly discouraged.

When it comes to visitors for people in long-term or personal care homes, those have been restricted except for compassionate care reasons.

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Business standing orders remain in place, including masking and lower capacity

The government also says that orders in place for public businesses remain. These include everyone masking up before coming inside, and the stores reducing capacity to 50 per cent of fire code capacity, and 25 per cent for large retail locations.

Personal care services can be at 50 per cent occupancy, live venues at 30 people, and casinos and bingo halls remain closed.

In licensed establishments, alcohol sales are still being cut off at 10PM. Seating is limited to four per table in all restaurants, with two feet of buffer space if there is a barrier, three if there is not.

Businesses are asked to continue encouraging patrons to sanitize and mask up before coming in, and have signage alluding to that around the location.

All places of worship must reduce capacity to 30 people, including wedding, funeral, and baptismal services. No food or drink may be present or served.

Rules for sports gatherings are also individually outlined in the Saskatchewan Public Health Order.

Government says they will enforce Public Health rules, with fines

The Saskatchewan Government added in their update a reminder that they will, and have, enforced COVID-19 restrictions, which they can do under The Public Health Act, 1994. 

Fines have been handed out today to Crackers and the Crazy Cactus in Saskatoon and Stats Cocktails and Dreams in Regina, which totalled to $14,000 each.

The Government says that police services will be supported in their efforts to bring businesses into compliance, in addition to enforcement work they’re already doing throughout the province.

 

As of January 26th, there are 2,665 active COVID-19 cases around Saskatchewan, with 232 new ones in the last day. In the North West Zone 2, housing Lloydminster, there are 20 new cases, making a total of 207 active cases.

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