COVID-19 Updates

Updated April 16, 2021
Public Health Measures Remain in Effect until April 26, 2021

Based on current COVID-19 transmission rates, the public health order issued effective February 19, 2021 will remain in effect until April 26, 2021. At that time they will be reviewed by the provincial Chief Medical Health Officer. This includes:

Regina specific; due to the spike in variant cases of COVID 19;

City of Regina Recreation Facilities remain closed including Neighbourhood Centres and Community Operated Centres until April 26, 2021.

Private, indoor gatherings remain limited to immediate household members only. Rolled back to family household.

Worship gathering sizes will not increase. All worship in Regina restricted to max. 30 people until April 26, 2021.

The public health orders for licensed establishments; sports, fitness and dance; places of worship; and mandatory masking remain in place.

All non-essential interprovincial travel is discouraged.
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COVID19 Updates
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Effective immediately, Tuesday, March 23, 2021:  

Indoor Public Gatherings Prohibited in Regina and Area

All private indoor gatherings in the Regina area are prohibited immediately.  Regina and area residents may not expand their household "bubble".  All indoor gatherings are restricted to immediate household members only.

Persons who live alone and single parents of minor children are permitted to meet with one, consistent household of less than five individuals.  Co-parenting arrangements are permitted to continue.

Caregivers, support personnel and tradespersons who are not a member of the household are not included in the maximum number of people allowed in that household.

City of Regina Facilities Closed

DEFINED PERIOD OF CLOSURE - Effective March 27, 2021 midnight to April 5, 2021 midnight
City of Regina Facilities; Major Facilities, Neighbourhood Centres, Leisure Centres will be closed for the defined period
Community Operated Centres will be closed with no access by the public

Regina and Area Travel Advisory

A travel advisory is being issued for Regina and area communities.  Travel is not recommended in or out of the Regina area unless absolutely necessary. 
Regina and Area Work From Home Recommendation
It is strongly recommended that all individuals in the Regina area able to work from home do so.
For the past several weeks, the majority of public service and crown employees in the Regina area that are able to have been working from home.  The Deputy Minister to the Premier and President of Crown Investments Corporation of Saskatchewan have both reinforced this direction to all ministry and crown permanent heads that employees in the Regina area that are able to work from home should work from home.  In order to maintain important public services, some employees will remain working in their office setting.

Effective 12:01 am, Sunday March 28:

All restaurants and licensed establishments must close for in-person dining. Take-out and delivery is permitted.
Event venues including banquet and community halls, conference facilities, arts venues, museums, libraries, live theatre, cinemas, arcades, bowling and science centres, or any non-essential indoor locations that had limits of 30 individuals are not permitted to operate at this time.  
Places of worship in Regina will remain at the current capacity level, which is a maximum of 30 individuals.

This public health order amendment and recommendations apply to the city of Regina and area including:  Belle Plaine, Pense, Grand Coulee, Lumsden Beach, Regina Beach, Craven, Lumsden, Edenwold, Pilot Butte, White City, Balgonie, Kronau, Davin, Gray, Riceton, RM of Lajord, RM of Edenwold, RM of Sherwood, RM of Pense and the RM of Lumsden.

Existing public health orders continue to be in effect for all areas of Saskatchewan outside of the Regina area.

All other health measure remain in effect until April 5, 2021.

Based on current COVID-19 transmission rates, the public health order issued effective February 19, 2021 will remain in effect until April 5, 2021.   At that time they will be reviewed by the provincial Chief Medical Health Officer.  This includes:

Regina specific; due to the spike in variant cases of COVID 19;

Private, indoor gatherings remain limited to immediate household members only. Rolled back to family household.
Worship WILL NOT INCREASE. All worship in Regina restricted to max. 30 people until April 5, 2021.
The earlier shared up to 30 per cent of capacity or 150 attendees, whichever is the lesser is now cancelled until at least April 5, 2021.
 

The public health orders for licensed establishments; sports, fitness and dance; places of worship; and mandatory masking remain in place. 
All non-essential interprovincial travel is discouraged.
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Posted March 17, 2021
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Posted March 16, 2021 
Variants Of Concern Community Transmission In Regina
Regina residents are urged to take additional precautions as there is increasing community transmission of COVID-19 Variants of Concern (VoC).

There are currently 70 confirmed cases of VoCs (64 B1.1.7 UK and 6 B1.351 SA) in Saskatchewan with 62 of those in the Regina area.  There are also an additional 77 presumptive positive Variants of Concern in Regina. These have not yet been confirmed with genome sequencing.

At this time it is recommended that Regina and area residents:

Particularly those that are over the age of 50 should consider not increasing their household bubbles to include 2-3 households up to 10 people. They should consider remaining with their current household only. 
Limit travel and shopping to essential only.
Stay home with even mildest symptoms. Stay home if you have been in contact with anyone with mild symptoms.
Get tested if you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with symptoms.
Continue practicing physical distancing, frequent handwashing and wear a mask when in public places.
Saskatchewan Health Authority is implementing increased testing and contact tracing and case management. There are 15,500 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine being administered in Regina beginning Sunday with health care workers and opening up on Monday to individuals 64 years of age only.  The vaccinations will be available at a drive-thru site at the Regina Exhibition Grounds from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm on a first-come, first-served basis.

Public health will be closely monitoring the situation regarding transmission of VoCs for the next two to three days and will taking additional public health measures if the numbers of confirmed positive cases of Variants of Concern do not start to decline.
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1)      Public Health Measures Amended for Indoor Gathering Sizes

With Saskatchewan generally experiencing a declining trend in confirmed cases and hospitalizations, the public health order is being amended to ensure that residents who continue to observe all public health measures can extend their household 'bubbles'.

Effective Tuesday, March 9, individual households may create a 'bubble' up to a maximum of ten individuals in a home at any one time.

The ten individuals should be from two to three consistent households.  The total number in the gathering cannot be more than ten.  
You must be consistent in your household bubble: the bubble of ten is always the same individuals, from the same households.  You may not join multiple bubbles.  
Assess the overall risk of COVID-19 before joining households.  Does this household have a senior at elevated risk?  Children attending school?  Adults working outside of the home in essential workplaces?  Can you still count all the potential contacts that household makes, in the event that a contact investigation must be done?  If the risk of potential transmission remains high, consider another household or remaining within your household.
If you are 50 years old or greater, consider keeping your contacts to your household only until you are able to be vaccinated.
You must still follow all public health guidelines when outside the home - including the limit of ten people at outdoor gatherings -- and plan to be vaccinated when you are eligible.  Details on the current public health measures are available at  www.saskatchewan.ca/ covid19-measures.

2)      Effective March 19, Worship Services to Expand Safely

Starting March 19, Re-Open Saskatchewan guidelines for worship services will be permitted up to 30 per cent of capacity or 150 attendees, whichever is the lesser.  All existing public health guidance remains in effect.

Attendees must maintain two metres of physical distancing unless they are part of the same household group.
All masking protocols remain in place.  All attendees and choirs/performers must be masked throughout the service.  Only clergy may remove their mask while officiating but must maintain three metres physical distance from all other attendees while mask is removed.
No food or drink may be served.
These guidelines do not apply to receptions or non-ceremonial gatherings.
Worship service guidelines are available at https://www.saskatchewan. ca/government/health-care- administration-and-provider- resources/treatment- procedures-and-guidelines/ emerging-public-health-issues/ 2019-novel-coronavirus/re- open-saskatchewan-plan/ guidelines/places-of-worship- guidelines.

3)      Enforcing Public Health Measures

Enforcement of public health orders is permitted under The Public Health Act, 1994.  Public health inspectors will be supported in their efforts to ticket violators to ensure that businesses and events are brought into compliance as quickly as possible, in addition to the enforcement efforts that have been undertaken by police agencies throughout the province.

For more information on the current public health measures or to see the Public Health Order, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/ covid19-measures.
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Posted March 1, 2021