Your July 11th Re-Opening Questions Answered

You had questions about the July 11th Re-Opening and we went straight to the source, the Saskatchewan’s Busines Response Team (BRT).

 

Here are your questions answered:

  1. What do I do if my employees won’t wear a mask after the re-opening and I want them to?

Employees are obligated to wear the equipment that they are provided. If the employer has determined that continuing to wear masks after July 11th is the right policy for their business the employee must follow that policy. If in the rare circumstance an employee is medically unable to wear a mask then accommodations may need to be explored.

  1. What resources are available to businesses at this time? 

The Business Support website is still fully operational containing details of all available programs both provincially and federally for businesses, having received 1.4 million hits since March 2020, the website and the BRT has been very active throughout the pandemic: Support for Businesses

  1. The Government of Saskatchewan has come out and said that proof of vaccinations won’t be necessary for large gatherings and events. Would it be an invasion of privacy for businesses to ask for proof of vaccination for events or large gatherings?

Vaccination records are considered private personal health information. Businesses will need to consider privacy legislation, human rights legislation and be able to demonstrate why this measure is necessary and that the benefit outweighs the loss of privacy. Businesses, organizations, and employers are responsible for and must conduct their own assessments and due diligence, including seeking legal advice where required.

  1. Will there still be outbreaks declared after July 11th? What will the process of dealing with an outbreak in a business be?

Outbreaks in businesses will not be dealt with in the same way after July 11th.  After restrictions are lifted COVID-19 will transition from a pandemic to an endemic meaning that outbreaks will be handled similarly to other communicable diseases. First and foremost our best form of protection against COVID-19 is for individuals to get vaccinated.

  1. Would it be beneficial to have rapid testing available in my business? 

The SHA has antigen tests available for businesses, these tests have been deregulated so that businesses can easily access the kits and administer them without a health care professional. Kits will remain available to businesses. The BRT suggests caution if an organization is wanting to use a rapid test as a screening tool for individuals to gain access into an event or to the workplace. Similar to asking for proof of vaccinations, requiring proof of a clean rapid test could be seen as an invasion of peoples private personal health information.

In addition to the submitted questions, be sure to check out the BRTs FAQs for Businesses and Workers.