Travel-Related Announcements and Updates for September 2020
Apply for the Saskatchewan Tourism Sector Support Program
Program Invests In Saskatchewan Tourism Industry, Hard Hit By COVID-19
The new Saskatchewan Tourism Sector Support Program (STSSP) offers relief to tourism businesses that suffered severe losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The application period ends on October 1.
The STSSP is a $35-million investment in Saskatchewan’s tourism sector. The program offers a one-time, non-repayable emergency payment to eligible tourism operators in the hospitality and event/attraction industries. For the accommodation sector and large event facilities, payments will range from $10,000-$50,000, depending on sales revenue. For attraction, tour or event operators with ongoing fixed costs, the payment range is $7,500-$15,000.
Detailed information, comprehensive Q&A documents, and application instructions are available for the two funding streams:
- Accommodations and Major Event Facilities Funding
- Event, Attractions or Tour Sector Business Funding
Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Completed applications with all of the required attachments will be given priority.
The STSSP is managed by the Ministry of Trade and Export Development. For additional information, call 1-800-667-6102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tourism Saskatoon's in-person Visitor Centre is open!
At Tourism Saskatoon, we are putting the safety of visitors and our city first. We are ambassadors of safety in our community and will lead by example. Protocols for the Visitor Reception Centre (VRC) and Public Washrooms are based on the Libraries, Museums, Art Galleries Guidelines, and Clothing and Retail Guidelines provided by the Government of Saskatchewan:
- Limit of one group (1-6 people) permitted in VRC at a time. Visitors are asked to wait outside until the room is unoccupied or to call ahead and arrange for brochure pickup
- Door will be open during operating hours to reduce contact surfaces
- All visitors must use hand sanitization station upon entry
- Visitors are reminded to take what they touch
- Frequently contacted surfaces are to be cleaned/disinfected at 10 am and 3 pm daily; this includes front desk area, PIN pad, seats, display racks and telephone
- Staff are separated from the public by the front desk and a plexiglass guard. They are recommended to stay behind the front desk and avoid any close contact with visitors
- If staff must leave the front desk to assist someone, a face mask should be worn
- Public washrooms are now for single person use only and not to be used as a changing room. Washrooms are also on the building’s mid-day cleaning and sanitation schedule and have signage/floor stickers in place to reinforce distancing.
All visitors who have travelled from out of province are advised to self-monitor for 14 days and self-isolate at first sign of even mild symptoms. They are encouraged to search for visitor information online at TourismSaskatoon.com, or order guides by phone/email.
Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan – Phase 4, Part 2
Guidelines updated for additional activities resuming in Re-Open Saskatchewan plan
The Government of Saskatchewan announced guidelines for additional activities resuming in Phase 4, Part 2 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan. These include guidelines for the following:
- Temporary food vendors
- Racing and rodeos
- Banquet and conference facilities
- Car shows and trade shows
Effective July 16, live performances will be permitted in restaurants and licensed establishments, as well as at public and farmers markets. Physical distancing will be required, with greater distances needed depending on the activity and instruments involved. Dance floors and karaoke are not permitted at this time.
Additional information will continue to be added to the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan based on direction from public health officials and input from businesses and service providers.
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.
- 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 foodservice 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.
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 4 Re-opening details pertaining to:
Outdoor recreation facilities - Physical distancing
Outdoor gatherings: 30 people
Indoor gatherings: 30 people
Libraries, museums, galleries, movie theatres and live theatres.
Indoor recreation facilities (indoor pools, indoor rinks, indoor sports and activities), casinos, bingo halls and more.
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.