Saskatchewan today announced that proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test will be required for residents and visitors to access several establishments, businesses and event venues effective October 1st.
The province also announced that proof of vaccination or negative test is also required for all Government of Saskatchewan ministry, crown and agency employees by Oct. 1st.
Those employees who do not provide proof of vaccination will be required to provide proof of a negative test result on a consistent basis.
Saskatchewan is also encouraging other employers, including School Divisions, to implement a similar proof of vaccination or negative-test requirement for employees in the workplace.
The province says protocols regarding proof of negative test requirements are being developed for those residents opting to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, and will include the provision of documentation demonstrating proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test provided by a certified healthcare provider, including private providers of COVID-19 tests.
Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the proof of vaccination or negative test requirement.
Saskatchewan is also bringing back the masks policy effective Sept. 17th. Non-medical masks are required to be worn in all indoor public spaces in Saskatchewan at least until late October.
Places Where COVID-19 Vaccination Proof is Required
Effective October 1 a provincial requirement for proof of vaccination or negative test will be implemented for public access to a list of establishments, businesses and event venues that bring groups of people together, including:
- Indoor dining at restaurants;
- Nightclubs, bars, taverns and other licensed establishments;
- Event and entertainment venues, including conference centres, casinos, movie theatres, concert venues, live-music venues, museums, and indoor facilities hosting ticketed sporting events;
- Indoor fitness centres, and gyms.
Places Exempt From Proof of vaccination Requirement
Proof of vaccination will not be required for the following:
- Retail businesses, including grocery stores;
- Places of worship;
- Fast food restaurants offering takeout and delivery;
- Health care services, professional services, or personal services;
- Hotels or other lodging;
- Facilities hosting non-ticketed amateur sporting events, including youth athletics and recreational leagues;
- Business meetings and places of business closed to the general public, unless otherwise directed by the business or employer;
- Private gatherings held at an indoor public residence.
How to Get Proof of Vaccination
Saskatchewan is planning to launch a verifiable vaccination record during the week of September 20.
Ministry of Health will soon provide the details on how to download and utilize the platform.
Currently, Saskatchewan residents can download a one-page printable form from their MySaskHealthRecord (MSHR) account at eHealth Saskatchewan.