The Saskatchewan Government has unveiled the plan for what a full lifting of COVID-19 public health restrictions would look like.
The final steps of the Re-Opening Roadmap, which applies to all of Saskatchewan, including the full City of Lloydminster, would see the ending of physical distancing, gathering and the mask mandate, along with all other public health restrictions.
Before that, Phase Three will begin with the easing of most restrictions, such as those on restaurants, sports and recreation, with the mask mandate and gathering limits remaining in place. This is set to take effect three weeks after 70 per cent of those over 18 get the COVID-19 vaccine first dose.
The next step, all restrictions being lifted, could happen as early as July 11th, provided the vaccine target of 70 per cent of people over 12 getting their first shot is met by June 20th.
Premier Scott Moe re-upped his call for residents to get vaccinated, saying it’s the way back to normal and an end to the health orders which have been in place for 445 days. He added that he’s thankful for everyone who’s protected the health of themselves, their families and the community over that time.
As of Tuesday afternoon, 66 per cent of all adults over 18 have been vaccinated. When you factor in teens between 12 and 17, the total amount of people with vaccinations is 62 per cent.
These timelines are being announced early so that people will have time to plan larger public events and family gatherings like weddings.
People are also reminded that just because health restrictions could be lifted as early as July 11th, they can continue to follow them as they are comfortable with.
Some people could choose to wear masks still, and workplaces will still be allowed to require them at their discretion.
Although physical distancing will no longer be required, people can still consider setting it up of their own volition. All commonly used surfaces should continue to be disinfected, and workers should be aware of public health prevention practices.