The City of Lloydminster is continuing to reopen amenities.
Businesses such as gyms, restaurants, and churches will be opening their doors.
The targeted date for phase three of the Re-open Saskatchewan plan is Monday, June 8th.
“The Re-open Saskatchewan plan serves as a guiding document. Each community must assess its own set of unique risks and challenges in establishing timelines, as the City of Lloydminster has done and continues to do,” said Manager of Emergency Measures and Operations Jordan Newton.
The city’s municipal campground and Weaver Park Campground started welcoming visitors on June 1, 2020.
“The City has taken steps toward the gradual restoration of outdoor recreation services where possible, including the partial reopening of our municipal golf course in late May, followed by the campground on June 1,” said Newton.
Other business opening soon:
- Bud Miller All Seasons Park
- Licensed establishments
- Fitness facilities
- Childcare facilities
- Places of worship
- Personal service businesses that didn’t open in phase two.
The number of people allowed at indoor and outdoor gatherings will be increasing as well.
Fifteen people are able to gather indoors and 30 people are able to gather outdoors.
The City of Lloydminster is still uncertain as to when City Hall and the Operations Centre will be re-opening.
“As of right now our City Hall and Lloydminster operation centre are closed to the public… it is important that we are working on that and how and when to safely open up our buildings. We are working with our health authorities as well as looking to municipalities in both Saskatchewan and Alberta and looking to follow their leadership,” Newton said.
With these new steps, individuals are still expected to follow the COVID-19 provincial guidelines to ensure their health and safety.
Provincial guidelines include but are not limited to:
- 50% capacity
- Social distancing
- Booking visits in advance
- No group campsites
- Consistant disinfection
Although phase three guidelines are apart of Saskatchewan’s re-opening plan, they apply to the Alberta side of Lloydminster as well.
Businesses and the general public are expected to follow the health and safety guidelines but if they decide not to, there are consequences, said Newton.
“At the low end, we can issue warnings and help educate. For more severe instances or repeat offenders, it could lead to criminal charges and/or fines. Throughout the pandemic, we have found education to be the best prevention.”
Phase four includes easing restrictions on indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, such as the Servus Sports Centre, while the size of gatherings will increase.
However, Newton said that dog parks have not been mentioned in the re-open Saskatchewan plan.
“The city of Lloydminster and its team is working to safely and effectively establish a timeline and when we can open the off leash dog park right now on 47 ave. Some of the things that we are looking to do is eliminating touch points and [having] sanitization within the park to make sure that all users of the area are safe.”
The timeline for when phase four will begin is still to be determined.