Following a string of COVID-19 outbreaks at bars and nightclubs across the province in the last two weeks, the Saskatchewan Health Authority released a set of restrictions today that will come into place the day before Halloween to prevent more superspreader activity.
Beginning on Oct. 30, nightclubs in Saskatoon will no longer be allowing the consumption of alcohol by anyone on the property between the hours of 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.
The public health order will also require Saskatoon bars and nightclubs to close to patrons at 11 p.m., remaining closed until at least 9 a.m. the following day, but takeout food services are still allowed.
For other nightclubs in the province, the guidelines are somewhat looser.
Patrons will be limited to six people at a table, with no mingling between table groups allowed. Karaoke and dance floors are still prohibited, and businesses are still required to ensure a distance of at least two metres between patron groups is enforced.
Masks are still required by staff and strongly encouraged for patrons until they are seated at their table.
Public health is also recommending bars, nightclubs and restaurants to take the names and contact information of patrons to help assist with possible contact tracing investigations.
The updated restrictions come into play just before Halloween, with chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab recommending avoiding large holiday events including attending or hosting house parties, pub crawls or other types of parties where large groups of people might gather.
The SHA reminds business owners and residents that activities or events that be connected to large amounts of COVID-19 cases, or “superspreader” events, can result in a fine under the Public Health Act. Individuals attending events that do not follow current public health orders or exceed the limit of 15 individuals in private gatherings can also face a fine of up to $2,000.
Public health is still encouraging everyone to continue to be diligent with the ongoing safety guidelines and to contact HealthLine 811 if symptoms of COVID-19 occur.
For more information about COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, visit saskatchewan.ca/COVID19.
For a summary of the trick or treating guidelines issued by public health, check out this article here.