Saskatchewan: Provincial State of Emergency
Non-Critical Businesses Closed: The government released a list of critical public services and allowable business services in order to clarify what can continue to operate in the province. The full list can be found here. All changes are effective March 26, 2020.
Economic Aid: Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe announced a significant financial support plan for Saskatchewan employers and employees affected by the impacts of COVID-19. The measures include self-isolation support, PST deferral, utility interest deferral, student loan repayment moratorium.
The Employment Standard Regulations have been amended to include a compensation for those who are self-isolated, and also provides flexibility for employers requiring temporary layoffs.
Closures / Restrictions: The province is limiting the size of public and private gatherings to a maximum of ten people.
Employee Supports: Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe introduced a Business Response Team to support businesses in the province dealing with the economic challenges resulting from COVID-19. The Business Response Team, led by the Ministry of Trade and Export Development, will work alongside businesses to identify program supports available to them both provincially and federally. Full details and contact information can be found here.
COVID-19 Countermeasures: Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Saqib Shahab announced that the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is expanding capacity to meet demands for future phases of the COVID-19 pandemic. SHA leadership is activating plans to create additional capacity through:
- Creation of dedicated spaces to cohort COVID-19 patients within facilities.
- Creation of COVID-19 designated hospitals in Saskatoon and Regina and other areas of the province, where required.
- Creation of additional community based acute care capacity where required (e.g. field hospitals in school gyms, community centres, rinks, etc.).