Travel-Related Announcements and Updates for the week of July 7, 2020
Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan – Phase 4, Part 2
More Saskatchewan businesses, events and activities permitted to re-open.
The Government of Saskatchewan announced new details about businesses, events and activities that can resume in Phase 4, Part 2 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan.
On July 6, the following are permitted to re-open to the public:
- Indoor pools
- Indoor rinks
- Indoor sports and activities
- Performing arts, including music, dance and theatre
On that day, activities scheduled for the first part of Phase 4 of the plan to re-open the province can get underway, including:
- Movie theatres
- Live theatres
Seating capacity for restaurants and licensed establishments can also increase to a level that allows staff and customers to maintain physical distancing of two metres. Video lottery terminals (VLTs), pool tables, dart boards, arcade games and other recreation areas will be able to re-open on July 6, as long as physical distancing can be maintained.
On July 9, casinos and bingo halls can re-open. Guidelines have been updated to reflect the changes effective July 6 and 9.
July 16 is the target date for racetracks and rodeo-related activities to resume.
Saskatchewan residents are encouraged to become familiar with the revised guidelines and abide by recommendations to ensure that Saskatchewan re-opens safely and there is minimal transmission of COVID-19.
For more information, read the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan.
- Effective Monday, June 22, indoor gatherings of up to 30 are only permitted where space allows for two metres of physical distancing between participants.
- For food service at indoor gatherings, potlucks are discouraged and there should be no shared platters of food or shared buffet service. If food is being served, it should be plated. One person should handle the preparation of food and drink following proper food safety protocols. This reduces the number of people who touch serving utensils or drink containers.
- Outdoor gatherings of up to 30 people continue to be permitted with a two-metre physical separation between individuals.
- Physical distancing requirements still apply both to indoor and outdoor gatherings.
- Gathering sizes should be smaller if there isn’t enough space to maintain a physical distance of two metres at all times.
Remember the Fundamentals to Prevent COVID-19 Transmission
With Phase 4 of the Re-Open Plan beginning June 22, it is critical for Saskatchewan residents to remember to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- indoor and outdoor gatherings must follow physical distancing rules.
- Small, infrequent gatherings are better than large, frequent gatherings.
- Outdoor gatherings are better than indoor gatherings.
- Stay home if you are sick.
Government Announcements via TIAC (Tourism Industry Association of Canada)
- Canada is extending the ban on most foreign travellers until at least July 31, 2020.
- The ban applies to everyone who is not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or American travelling for essential purposes.
- The exceptions for aircrews, diplomats, and immediate family members of citizens as well as some seasonal workers, caregivers, and international students still apply.
- Similarly, the mandatory 14-day self-isolation rule for returning travellers is also being extended.
CommUNITY Commitment and Updates
We are committed to providing you updated COVID-19 information.
As things progress, you will find weekly updates on this page from federal, provincial and civic authorities on the COVID-19 situation and how it affects the tourism industry.
Province of Saskatchewan
Get the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Saskatchewan – this includes advisories for potential exposure to COVID-19, news releases and video updates from Saskatchewan's Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab.
Saskatoon's Guide to Re-opening
Click here to find out about Phase 3 Re-opening details pertaining to:
Groups/gatherings: 10 people
Restaurants and licensed establishments at 50% capacity, gyms and fitness facilities, child care facilities, places of worship, retail and remaining personal care services.
Saskatoon CommUNITY Commitment
As Saskatchewan continues to move through phases of re-opening, we want to acknowledge the incredible strain that businesses in Saskatoon have been under. The pressure felt to follow the guidelines within the provincial re-open plan, while receiving constant information and supplemental resources, is immense. Tourism Saskatoon is here to help.
Our community is at the heart of everything we do, and we know the strength of the tourism sector depends on the resilience of our business community. On June 17th we are launching the Saskatoon CommUNITY Commitment; a co-created destination-wide pledge that provides resources and support for businesses to check or develop their internal controls, mitigating the risk of COVID-19 transmission for their employees, our local community, and visitors to our city. The resources we will provide do not replace any guidelines. Instead, they will provide you with ease in knowing you have done everything you can to operate your business with as much safety and assurance as possible. It will also create a commitment that we as a community can unify around, bolstering Saskatoon as a pre-eminent Canadian destination that offers safety and security for all.
When you become a partner of Saskatoon’s CommUNITY Commitment, you will be able to display a written statement to your customers reflecting the value that you place on health and safety. Our partners can display the CommUNITY Commitment proudly inside your businesses and on your digital platforms, reassuring safety and security but also demonstrating that we are all better together.