Reopen Saskatchewan enters phase 4 in time for summer in Canora

The date for the next phase of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan was June 22, according to the Saskatchewan Government website

In the first part of the plan allows day camps, outdoor pools and spray parks to open. Seasonal/recreational outdoor sports and activities will also be allowed to open. In Canora, the ball diamonds and Chase Kraynick “Pay it Forward” Splash Park were each scheduled to open on June 23, said Aaron Herriges, director of Leisure Services.

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The second part of phase 4 with dates for reopening to be announced will be indoor pools, indoor rinks, libraries, museums, galleries, movie theatres, casinos and bingo halls. The allowable size of indoor public and private gatherings will increase to 30 people.

All businesses and customers are expected to practice physical distancing.

Activities scheduled for the first part of Phase 4 of the plan to re-open the province can get underway including: child and youth day camps, outdoor pools and splash pads, and
outdoor sports and activities.

Residents are advised to check with the local operator of the activities noted above regarding availability. Some municipalities have indicated that activities, such as outdoor pools, may remain closed. The Canora swimming pool is one of the numerous outdoor pools across Saskatchewan which will remain closed through the summer of 2020. Herriges indicated that there were simply too many challenges with operations to make it feasible to open the pool for a significant portion of the summer.

A date for the second part of Phase 4 will be announced at a later time and will include indoor pools, rinks, libraries, museums, galleries, movie theatres, casinos and bingo halls.

The following recommendations should remain in place through all five phases:

  • Protective measures for vulnerable populations.
  • Individuals should continue working from home if they can do so effectively.
  • Physical distancing must be maintained, wherever possible.
  • People must stay at home when they are sick.
  • Vulnerable individuals, such as seniors and those with underlying health conditions, should continue to exercise caution and minimize high-risk exposures, such as public outings.
  • Personal hygiene will continue to be a key prevention measure.
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfections should take place in workplaces, public spaces and recreational facilities.

Although the public health order regarding the size of gatherings does not apply to businesses and workplaces, they are expected to follow the recommended public health measures, including: physical distancing for staff and clients; regular cleaning and disinfections; frequent hand washing and sanitizing; use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) where available and appropriate; and keeping staff who demonstrate or report COVID-19 symptoms out of the workplace.

Special care and personal care homes must ensure that each staff member works in only one facility.