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ASTEC SAFETY has exceeded all COVID-19 Protocols. Effective November 16, 2020, the introduction of mandatory mask/facial covering has been issued by Saskatchewan Health Services and incorporated into our COVID-19 Protocols, accordingly.

https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2020/november/13/covid-19-additional-public-health-measures-announced

COVID-19: Additional Public Health Measures Announced

Released on November 13, 2020

Return to Basics to Prevent Transmission

The expansion of mandatory masking in indoor public spaces and a curfew on alcohol sales in licensed establishments will be in effect as of Monday, November 16 for 28 days, then subject to review by Saskatchewan’s chief medical health officer.

“New measures announced this week and those to be considered in the weeks to come will still be based on the fundamentals of physical distancing, staying home when you are sick and masking to protect yourself and others,” Health Minister Paul Merriman said.  “Now is the time for all residents, businesses and organizations to get back to basics.  Re-commit to proven public health measures and return to the standards shown to work in the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan.”

Re-Open Saskatchewan:  Back to Basics

While COVID-19 has shown that it will take advantage of any opportunity, the fundamentals of personal protective measures and the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan guidelines based on those measures have been demonstrated to work in preventing transmission.  Every Saskatchewan resident has a personal responsibility to make public spaces safe from COVID-19 transmission, so that essential services including health care and school, can continue.

“Over the past nine months, we have seen periods of extremely low transmission and periods of unacceptably high transmission here in Saskatchewan,” Saskatchewan Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said.  “This has not been determined by the virus; it has been determined by the actions of individuals making conscious decisions to follow best public health practices.”

All businesses and organizations must review the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan for their respective sector guidelines and make any required changes in order to abide by them completely.  These guidelines are enforceable under the public health order.

In the event that the public health order applies a more stringent standard (ie. masking), the public health order supersedes the guidance document.

All residents are required to abide by the basics of COVID-19 prevention:  maintain physical distancing and wear a mask when you are outside the home; wash your hands frequently; stay home if you are sick.  A significant number of cases in the province are as a result of people going to school, work and participating in activities when they have been symptomatic. 

Mandatory Masking Extended 
Mandatory masking in indoor public places will be extended to all Saskatchewan communities with populations of 5,000 people or greater.

This includes the censuses metropolitan areas – the neighbouring communities or municipalities — situated around the largest urban centres of Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert.  Due to their proximity to the urban centres and high rate of retail, workplace and service integration, they will be included even if their independent populations are less than 5,000 residents.

The list of the 59 communities and what is deemed an indoor public space is at http://www.saskatchewan.ca/masks.  This is in addition to Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert.

The list of public indoor spaces may be amended for clarity; however, if you are in a community with a mandatory mask order and are unsure if any location qualifies as an “indoor public space”, defer to wearing the mask – choose the option that promotes public safety.

These are non-medical masks.  Information on masks and how to use them properly is at http://www.saskatchewan.ca/masks.

  • Mandatory masking posters to assist businesses and organizations inform their customers are available at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-posters.
  • Masking in school settings is described in the back to school plans as set out by the respective school divisions.

Health officials continue to strongly recommend all residents wear a non-medical mask anywhere outside the home as an additional measure to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

Enforcement of mandatory masking is permitted under The Public Health Act, 1994; however, compliance through education is the primary preference of public health. Public health will closely monitor compliance and encourage all individuals, businesses and organizations to abide by the masking order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.  Enforcement options will be considered based on observed compliance with the order.

Alcohol Service Curfew for Licensed Establishments

All Saskatchewan restaurants and licensed establishments (bars, taverns, nightclubs) will be required to stop serving alcohol by 10 pm and consumption must end by 11 pm. There are no exceptions for private events or outdoor serving spaces.

Safe Schools Plan – Level 3

While transmission within school settings has been limited, it is recommended that all school divisions move to level three in their back to school plans for high schools with 600 students or more. Under the Safe Schools Plan, level three is to reduce in-class learning at www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/safe-schools-plan.

Updates to Re-Open Saskatchewan for fitness, hookah

Fitness facilities may continue to operate under the Re-Open Saskatchewan guidelines but all aerobic group fitness activities (ie spin classes, class circuit training, aquasize) are limited to a maximum of eight participants.

  • Group aerobic activities are permitted only if participants can be three metres apart throughout the duration of the activity, as required by the current Re-Open Saskatchewan guideline.
  • Individual aerobic activities (ie treadmill, stationary bike, lane swimming) are permitted if all required equipment is properly distanced according to the Re-Open Saskatchewan guidelines.

As an activity of increased transmission risk, all hookah and waterpipe services are now disallowed.  Hookah/waterpipe locations may also be licensed establishments and restaurants.  They may continue to act as licensed establishments and restaurants, according to the guidelines for those respective businesses.

Also added to the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan are Arena Facility Guidelines, and updates to the Sports and Activity, Performing Arts, and Transportation guidelines.

Information is available at www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/re-open-saskatchewan-plan.

Communities Under Mandatory Masking Order

The following communities will be required to wear non-medical masks in all indoor public spaces, effective Monday, November 16.

Aberdeen
Albertville
Allan
Asquith
Balgonie
Battleford
Beaver Creek
Belle Plaine
Bradwell
Cedar Villa Estates
Clavet
Colonsay
RM of Corman Park No. 344
Craven
Dalmeny
Davin
Delisle
Dundurn
Edenwold
Estevan
Furdale
Grand Coulee
Gray
Humboldt
Kindersley
Kronau
Langham
Lloydminster
Lumsden
Lumsden Beach
MacDowall
Martensville
Meacham
Meadow Lake
Meath Park
Melfort
Melville
Moose Jaw
Neuhorst
Nipawin
North Battleford
Pense
Pilot Butte
Prince Albert
Regina
Regina Beach
Rosetown
Saskatoon
Shields
St. Louis
Swift Current
Thode
Vanscoy
Warman
Weirdale
Weyburn
Whitecap
White City
Yorkton

COVID-19 Information

General public inquiries may be directed to COVID19@health.gov.sk.ca.

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For more information, contact:

Health
Regina
Phone: 306-787-4083
Email: media@health.gov.sk.ca

Indoor Mandatory Masking Requirements

The use of non-medical masks is MANDATORY in most indoor public places. Indoor places could include:

  • All healthcare facilities
  • All long-term care, personal care homes and assisted living facilities
  • Pharmacies
  • Medical service centres and offices
  • Retail businesses
  • Shopping centres and malls
  • Personal services businesses, such as hair and nail salons, spas, body art facilities, except during services that require removing a mask
  • Restaurants and bars, except while eating or drinking while seated in designated areas
  • Places of worship or faith gatherings
  • Places for cultural or entertainment services or activities, such as movie theatres, arcades, concerts and other performances
  • Places for sports and recreational activities, such as a gym, ice arena, pool, gymnastic facility, dance facility or indoor court or field facility, except while participating in physical exertion
  • Places for events, such as conferences and receptions
  • Municipal, provincial or federal government locations offering services to the public
  • Common areas of tourist accommodations/hotels, such as lobbies, elevators and hallways
  • Common areas of office buildings, such as lobbies, elevators and hallways, but not private offices/cubicles
  • Common areas of condo and apartment buildings, such as lobbies, elevators and hallways, but not the private apartment or condo itself.
  • Public areas of a university or college campus, such as library or student union building, classrooms, hallways and other common areas, but not labs, offices or residences (dormitories)
  • Train or bus stations, ferry terminals and airports
  • Public transport, including cabs, ride share services and carpooling.
  • For information about mask guidance in schools, visit the Safe Schools Plan.

The use of non-medical masks is NOT MANDATORY in these locations:

  • Workplaces to which the public does not have access; unless masks are mandated by the workplace
  • Private homes and residences except for service workers and visitors
  • Private areas of long-term care homes, personal care homes, group homes, and assisted living
  • Private resident areas of communal living, hospitality and workplace accommodations
  • Public indoor areas when eating or drinking while seated or in designated area

The following people are exempt from the use of non-medical masks:

  • Children under 2 years of age
  • Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance
  • Persons actively engaged in physical exercise

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March 17, 2020

***COVID-19 “Coronavirus” Update***

ASTEC SAFETY has reduced our class sizes, enhanced all sanitation practices, modified classroom activities and will continue to provide the essential service of safety training to support safe work environments. Check our website or call 780-875-0331 to confirm your class, as things are changing daily.

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ASTEC SAFETY will be releasing new training options over the next 12-24 hours in response to the challenges associated with the current COVID-19 outbreak. These innovative training options will support our customers/students with additional mechanisms to maintain valid industrial safety tickets through distance learning, on-line instruction and new “challenge examination” strategies.
 
Call 780-875-0331 for more information. We will release the information, in detail, publicly, later today.
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