This morning Premier Moe announced the details of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. This announcement follows the Premiers address that took place on Wednesday evening, where details of Saskatchewan’s current COVID-19 situation in relation to the rest of the country were outlined. As of April 22, there were 326 cases of COVID-19 of which 261 have recovered from the virus and unfortunately 4 people have passed away. To put these numbers in context, on a per capita basis, the number of COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan is about 70 per cent below the Canadian average, and the number of serious outcomes – hospitalizations and deaths – is more than 90 per cent below the national average.
It is due to the impressive actions taken by Saskatchewan’s front-line workers along with the compliance measures that the general public have adhered to that the government has assessed the current situation and believe that it is now the time to cautiously proceed through the re-opening process of Saskatchewan’s economy. Of course, during this time, we as a Chamber recognize that we are a long way away from “business as usual” but this step from the government is welcome.
The Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan is a methodical and phased approach that will slowly lift restrictions so that more business can open, and employees can go back to work. The plan includes five phases beginning on May 4th and details physical distancing measures and restrictions which will remain in place throughout the five phases. Travelling and public gatherings will still remain highly restricted at this time.
For the full break down of the five phases of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, click here.