The government of Saskatchewan is installing new public health measures for Regina and area as the number of COVID-19 and coronavirus variant cases continue to rise.
Restaurants and bars will be closed to indoor dining starting on March 28. Takeout and delivery orders will be allowed.
Event venues will also be closed starting on March 28. This includes: banquet and community halls, arts venues, museums, libraries, live theatre, cinemas, arcades, bowling and science centres or any “non-essential indoor locations that had limits of 30 individuals,” the province said.
Starting immediately, private indoor gatherings in Regina and area are prohibited to a person’s household only. This means Regina and area residents cannot expand their household “bubbles.”
People who live alone and single parents of minor children are permitted to meet with one, consistent household of less than five people. Co-parenting arrangements are allowed to continue.
Caregivers, support personnel and workers who are not a member of the household are not included in the maximum number of people allowed in that household.
The new rules are in place for the Queen City and surrounding areas including:
- Belle Plaine,
- Grand Coulee,
- Lumsden Beach,
- Regina Beach,
- Pilot Butte,
- White City,
- RM of Lajord,
- RM of Edenwold,
- RM of Sherwood,
- RM of Pense; and,
- RM of Lumsden.
The government is also issuing a work from home recommendation. It said anyone who can work from home should do so.
For the past several weeks, the majority of public service and crown employees have been working from home and the province said it has reinforced this direction to all ministry and Crown heads.
The province has also issued a travel advisory for Regina and its surrounding communities. Travel is not recommended in or out of the Regina region unless it’s absolutely necessary.
The public health order will be in place until April 5, when it will be reviewed by the province.