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Saskatchewan including Lloydminster ending POV, masks remain until end of February

Proof of vaccination or negative tests in Saskatchewan and Lloydminster will end Monday, February 14th at 12:01 a.m.

Health officials say eHealth Saskatchewan will continue to make proof of vaccination records and QR codes available to residents for use where needed including for travel or in other jurisdictions.

The remaining public health orders requiring masking in indoor public spaces will remain in effect until the end of February.

In making the announcement, Premier Scott Moe said it’s time to take the next step in living with Covid-19 and getting back to normal.

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“Proof of vaccination has been an effective policy, but its effectiveness has run its course. The benefits no longer outweigh the costs. It’s time to heal the divisions over vaccination in our families, in our communities and in our province. It’s time for proof of vaccination requirements to end.”

Moe said vaccines and rapid test kits will continue to be widely accessible throughout the province.

“As we shift to living with COVID-19, there is a continuing need for personal responsibility for self-monitoring, self-testing and self-management. It will be important for individuals to assess their own risk and comfort levels, and to take appropriate action if they are unwell.”

Health officials are continuing to encourage residents to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 by wearing masks, taking advantage of free rapid testing, regular handwashing, staying home when ill and getting vaccinated, including  third/booster dose as soon as they are eligible.

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