Saskatchewan on Saturday hit the 70 per cent target of people 18 years and older having received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Step Two will begin in the province, including Lloydminster on Sunday June 20. This will kick off a three week countdown to Step Three re-opening of the province on July 11.
Seventy per cent of those 18 years and older have received their first dose. Sixty-eight per cent of those 12 years and over have also received their first dose. Twenty-five percent of all eligible residents are now fully vaccinated.
SHA indicates on their Re-opening Roadmap timetable that the majority of public health measures will be lifted. The only remaining measures will be restrictions on mass public gatherings, and the mandatory masking order. Both remaining restrictions could be removed soon as Saskatchewan approaches 70 per cent of residents ages 12 and older having received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Private indoor gatherings will increase from 10 to 15 people. Note that the provincial masking mandate remains in place under Step Two.
Under Step Two, physical distancing and masking will remain in effect for restaurants and licensed establishments, grocery stores, public and farmers’ markets, clothing and retail stores, personal service facilities (salons, etc.), greenhouse and landscaping locations.
The capacity limits increase to 150 from 30 for patrons or spectators in the following sectors: sports and activities, arena facilities, libraries, movie and live theatre venues, performing arts venues, casinos and bingo halls, for temporary food vendors, racing, livestock sales and rodeos, banquets and conference facilities; car and trade shows. Again, physical distancing and masking will remain in effect.
Banquet and conference facilities will also increase to 150 people. Patrons may be served food and/or beverage in the facility, but must remain seated except when getting their food/beverage, using washroom facilities or entering/exiting the premises. Self-serve is not permitted at this time.
All indoor facilities and activities and outdoor activities where two metres of physical distancing cannot be consistently maintained must continue to observe physical distancing and mask requirements in Step Two.
More information for event organizers and specific sectors are available on the government website.