Step Two of reopening plan announced for June 20

(Screen Capture) Premier Scott Moe and Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab speak to reporters during a recent press conference.

On Monday the province announced that Saskatchewan has reached the Step Two threshold on the province Re-Opening Roadmap, with over 70 per cent of Saskatchewan residents age 30 and older having received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Step Two is now scheduled to begin on Sunday, June 20, which is three weeks after Step One begins on Sunday, May 30.

Premier Scott Moe thanked Saskatchewan people for doing their part and getting vaccinated.

“The reason we are able to do this, to lift these restrictions, is because Saskatchewan people are getting vaccinated,” Moe said in a release

“And the vaccines are working. Vaccines are driving down case numbers and hospitalizations and making Saskatchewan safer.”

Every Saskatchewan resident age 12 and older is now eligible to receive their first dose of vaccine.  Moe urged everyone who has not done so already to get their first shot as soon as possible.

“When we get to 70 per cent of our entire adult population vaccinated, we can move to Step Three and remove almost all of the remaining public health orders,” Moe said. “So let’s keep going. Please keep doing everything you are doing to protect yourself and those around you. Keep following the public health orders. And keep sticking it to COVID. When it’s your turn, get your first shot, get your second shot, and let’s get things reopened and have a great Saskatchewan summer.”

In Step Two, public health measures will be eased as follows:

  • No capacity thresholds on retail and personal care services, must maintain an occupancy that allows for physical distancing;
  • Restaurants and bars will have no table capacity thresholds, must maintain two metres of physical distancing or structural barriers between tables, dance floors and buffets remain closed;
  • 150 person maximum capacity at event facilities, casinos, bingo halls, theatres, art galleries, libraries and recreational facilities, must maintain an occupancy that allows for physical distancing, restaurant guidelines apply at venues that serve food;
  • Long-term care and personal care home residents may have up to four visitors indoors and nine visitors outdoors;
  • No change from Step One at gyms and fitness facilities, primary, secondary and post-secondary education and childcare;
  • All remaining restrictions on youth and adult sports will be lifted;
  • Limit of 15 people at private indoor gatherings, including household gatherings;
  • Limit of 150 people at public indoor gatherings and private and public outdoor gatherings; and 
  • Current province-wide masking mandate remains in place.
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