Saskatchewan Doesn’t Want to Follow Manitoba

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When it comes to Saskatchewan’s new COVID-19 restrictions, Premier Scott Moe said he wants to avoid a scenario like the one playing out in Manitoba, where non-essential businesses like restaurants and gyms have had to close. “Why we went to mandatory masking in all communities now was, I was contacted over the weekend by a number of MLAs, who were contacted by their constituents, as well as a number of people that I talked to as well. (The previous order) issued on Friday November 13th was just too confusing.” Moe told John Gormley on CJME radio Wednesday November 18th that he does not believe a shutdown of that kind will be necessary in this province. “I don’t think we need to …,” Moe said. “We’ve been able to do this before. We’ve been able to drive these numbers down in previous attempts and now we just need to do it again.”

Effective Thursday November 19th, wearing a non-medical mask in all indoor public spaces in Saskatchewan became mandatory. For clarification as to what comprises an ‘indoor public space’ the government posted information on this on the government of Saskatchewan site, but to find it requires the correct search prompts because it cannot be found through the press releases. For clarity an ‘indoor public space’ includes: all healthcare facilities; all long-term care, personal care and assisted living facilities; pharmacies; medical service centres and offices; retail businesses; shopping centres, markets and malls; service businesses (mechanic, insurance, accountant etc); personal services businesses (hair salons etc); restaurants and bars; places of worship or faith; places of cultural or entertainment services (movie theatres etc); places for sports and recreational activities (gym, arena, dance studio etc); conference centres; all government service locations; common areas of tourist accommodations including lobbies, hallways and elevators; common areas of office buildings including lobbies, hallways and elevators but not private offices/cubicles; common areas of condo and apartment buildings; public areas of university and other post secondary education campuses not including labs, offices or residences; train or bus stations and shelters, airports; public transport including cabs, ride shares and carpooling.