March 16, 2020

Province Further Enhances COVID-19 Prevention Methods

Today, the Government of Saskatchewan announced further COVID-19 prevention measures.

Chief Medical Health Officer Orders:

The Chief Medical Health Officer of Saskatchewan has made the following order pursuant to Section 45 of The Public Health Act effective Monday, March 16:

  • The Chief Medical Health Officer orders that visitors to long-term care homes, hospitals, personal care homes and group homes are restricted to essential visitors only.  Essential visitors means immediate family visiting during compassionate reasons.
  • Faith based organizations are no longer exempt to public gathering restrictions ordering that no public gathering of over 250 people in any one room take place.

Updated Travel Guidelines:

Over the weekend, the Federal Government and Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer recommended that any residents currently travelling internationally should return to Canada while commercial options are available.  The Federal Government and Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer also recommend avoiding all non-essential international travel until further notice.

All travellers returning from international destinations - including the United States – need to self-isolate and monitor their health for 14 days upon return.  Travellers returning from within Canada are advised to self-monitor for 14 days upon return.

New COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool:

The Government of Saskatchewan has launched a new COVID-19 self-assessment tool to determine whether Saskatchewan residents should be tested for COVID-19.  Residents can complete this assessment for themselves or on behalf of someone else, if they are not able.  The self-assessment tool can be accessed here at https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-self-assessment.

SaskGaming Casino Closures:

SaskGaming will suspend operations and temporarily close Casinos Regina and Moose Jaw until further notice upon advice of public health officials on the COVID-19 outbreak.  The Government of Saskatchewan is encouraging non-SaskGaming casinos operated by SIGA to voluntarily suspend operations until further notice, in line with the actions taken by SaskGaming.

COVID-19 Information:

We understand that residents have questions about COVID-19 in Saskatchewan.

If you have recently travelled internationally and are experiencing respiratory or flu-like symptoms, please call HealthLine 811.

For the latest advice to the public and information on prevention measures being taken, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus.  

Public inquiries may be directed to COVID19@health.gov.sk.ca.