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Sask. declares state of emergency in province to combat pandemic

Saskatchewan has declared a state of emergency to reduce the risk of coronavirus spread in the province
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The Government of Saskatchewan has declared a provincial state of emergency in order to address the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Effective immediately, a number of public measures will be in place to prevent further spread of the virus, such as:

  • public gatherings of 50 people or more are no longer allowed;
  • seating capacity at all restaurants, bars, and venues is now limited to 50 per cent of their usual capacity or to 50 people, whichever comes first;
  • retail spaces including grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations must implement a one to two metre separation between customers and staff;
  • gyms, fitness centres, casinos, and bingo halls will be closed until further notice;
  • licensed restaurants and taverns may now sell alcohol as an offsale according to Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority guidelines;
  • all non-essential employees at government ministries, agencies, and Crown corporations will be taking on a work-from-home policy beginning Mar. 23.

Additionally, all Crown utilities will be allowing a zero-interest bill deferral for up to six months for those struggling to make bill payments due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Residents are also advised to limit all non-essential travel outside the province, other than those in border communities and commuting to work. 

The Saskatchewan Health Authority will also be postponing all non-emergency surgeries, procedures, and diagnostics beginning Mar. 23. Emergent and urgent care services will continue.

The suspension of non-essential medical services is part of an action to allow the SHA to have medical staff, supplies, and equipment available where needed and reduce the risk of further exposure to health care providers and patients.

Patients will be contacted regarding their scheduled service, and virtual appointments with physicians over phone or video are now available. 

Information on the COVID-19 situation in the province can be found online at saskatchewan.ca/COVID19, including travel guidelines and a self-assessment tool.
 



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