Places of worship and operators of child care facilities can now prepare to open in Phase 3 of Re-Open Saskatchewan.
Guidelines for these groups are included in this week’s update of the Government of Saskatchewan’s plan to re-open the provincial economy. Last week it was announced that the target date for Phase 3 of Re-Open Saskatchewan would be June 8.
Restaurants and licensed establishments, gyms and fitness facilities, places of worship and child care facilities are among the groups able to re-open in Phase 3. Personal service businesses that did not open in Phase 2 are also allowed to begin providing services. A list of these businesses is available in the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan.
The initial guidelines for the re-opening of places of worship were developed in consultation with faith leaders. Consultation with these leaders will continue in advance of Phase 3 to support resumption of worship services beginning on June 8.
As restrictions on businesses and services are gradually lifted in the province, additional information continues to be added to the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan based on direction from public health officials and input from businesses and service providers.
In addition to the new guidelines for places of worship and child care facilities, other additions to the plan this week include:
• Updates to the guidelines for appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
• Updates to COVID-19 workplace information
• Updates to the personal care services guidelines
• Updates to the restaurants and licensed establishments guidelines
In addition, following are some updates on other work taking place to gradually re-open the province. Limited Research Activities to Resume at Universities In the near future, limited on-campus research activities will resume at the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic. These institutions, in collaboration with public health officials, have developed plans and procedures to ensure a safe environment for students and researchers. These plans include measures to ensure appropriate physical distancing, increased cleaning protocols and limited access to facilities.
Use of Municipal Parks playgrounds, swimming pools and splash pads remain closed, but the use of greenspace is still allowed. Physical distancing must be maintained and activities must adhere to the public health order and guidelines in the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan.
All businesses that are eligible to re-open must follow the guidelines in the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan and the current public health order. However, businesses are not required to open at this time and can determine when they are ready to open and operate in a safe manner.
Find the most up-to-date version of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan at www.saskatchewan.ca/re-open.