Thursday , 29 October 2020

Saskatchewan announces new guidelines for outdoor gatherings

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As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the province remains low, the provincial government is relaxing restrictions on public gatherings.

On Monday, the size limit for public gatherings in the North-West region is increasing to 20 people, while Lloydminster and the rest of the province expand to 30.

In response to the recent Black Lives Matter protest in Regina, Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab, warns that similar events increase the risk of spreading the virus.

The province says they recognize that people have the right to peacefully protest, but should be aware of the increased risk to themselves and those around them.

The province is reminding people who plan on protesting to follow these guidelines to reduce their risk of exposure:

– Those who are participating should practice social distancing, wear masks and sanitize hands often.

– People organizing public gatherings should be encouraging participants to do so in vehicles when possible.

– Groups who wish to march on foot should be aware of social distancing in large crowds.

– In situations of singing or chanting, social distancing should be increased beyond the current two-metre recommendation.

– Participants are asked to consider using banners and signs, but should avoid sharing and passing items with others.

These guidelines apply to all large public gatherings and are not exclusive to peaceful protests.

About Tre Lopushinsky

Tre is the lead reporter/editor at Lloyd Connect. He is a NAIT Radio and Television alumni. Tre has experience in radio, audio production, video editing and news reporting. During his time at NAIT he worked as a sports editor for the college paper and was a commentator for NAIT Ooks Basketball and volleyball teams. Some residents may know him as being the "giant employee" in the community for the past two years. Tre, for some reason, hasn’t veered away from his childhood as he has a passion for collecting figures (not dolls!).

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