Outdoor pools, sports can reopen in Sask in first part of Phase 4
There are new changes to the Reopen Saskatchewan Plan, including a first and second part of Phase 4
June 4, 2020, 5:57 pm
The government of Saskatchewan has announced that Phase 4 of the reopening plan will be in two parts, with outdoor pools and outdoor recreation being able to reopen in the first part of phase 4.
Phase 3 begins Monday, June 8, with restaurants able to take eat-in customers again bars open again, and churches allowed to hold some very small worship services (more information below)
Openings in Phase 4, Part 1, with no date yet announced, include:
Child and youth day camps
Outdoor pools and spray parks and
Seasonal/recreational outdoor sports and activities
Openings in Phase 4, Part 2, with no date yet announced, include:
In addition, the following are some updates on other work taking place to gradually re-open the province.
Info coming on Parks and Playgrounds
Although green spaces continue to remain open, playgrounds are closed. Public health measures are currently being developed for the safe re-opening of playgrounds. Further details will be available next week.
Info coming on beaches
Beaches in Saskatchewan remain closed; however, guidelines to support the safe re-opening of public beaches are being developed. Further details will be available next week.
Phase 3 of Re-Open Saskatchewan to begin on June 8
Businesses and services that are able to begin operation in this phase of the Government of Saskatchewan’s plan to re-open the provincial economy include:
Places of worship;
Restaurants and licensed establishments;
Gyms and fitness facilities;
Child care facilities; and
Personal care services that did not re-open in Phase 2.
Guidelines for these businesses and services are included in this week’s update of Re-Open Saskatchewan.
Increased Access and Availability of Childcare Spaces for Working Parents in Phase 3
Starting June 8, 2020, employees returning to work as part of Phase 3 will now be offered access to school-based childcare facilities, and child care facilities can have a maximum of 15 children per designated space, up from eight.
The increase means 15 children are allowed per facility or, in the case of larger facilities where the area permits, a maximum of 15 children in one defined area. These areas must be separate for each group and need to be separated by a barrier that can prevent children, toys and other items from crossing over.
Groups of children and the staff members assigned to them must stay together throughout the day and cannot mix with other groups. Groups must also be within the same space at the same time, including pickups and drop-offs, meal times, playtime and outdoor activities.
Children are restricted to attending a single facility to reduce transmission risks. All childcare facilities located within special care or personal care homes are subject to all general restrictions and must have private entrances and separate spaces so there are no shared common areas. There must be no interaction between children and residents of the home.
To date, applications have been received for 1,030 school-based child care centre spaces, out of an available 2,170 spaces, which represents capacity utilization of under 50 per cent..
Additions and Changes to the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan
As restrictions are gradually lifted in the province, 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.
Additions to the plan this week include:
Updates to the guidelines for fitness facilities;
Updates to the guidelines for parks and campgrounds; and
Updates to the public health orders section.
Consultations will continue with faith leaders in the province to further develop the guidelines for places of worship.