Saskatchewan says it's reopening from the lockdown next month and here's the plan
Saskatchewan plans to reopen its economy in May, and at a press conference on Thursday, Premier Scott Moe outlined exactly how the province plans to do it.
Moe unveiled a five-step plan to lift social distancing measures in the coming weeks.
Phase 1 will see Saskatchewan reopen medical services, as well as outdoor activities such as boating and fishing on May 4. Golf courses will reopen a few weeks later on May 15.
We’ve announced Re-Open Saskatchewan: a plan to re-open SK’s economy— Scott Moe (@PremierScottMoe) April 23, 2020
By proceeding w/ caution, maintaining restrictions on high risk activities & maintaining physical distancing & cleanliness, there is a path for us to slowly lift restrictions & re-open businesses & services pic.twitter.com/YK7r9yNW9T
Saskatchewan will reopen retail and personal care services on May 19, and campgrounds will open shortly after on June 1.
The province also plans to reopen food services and gyms (Phase 3), indoor and outdoor recreational facilities (Phase 4) and eventually do away with public gathering restrictions altogether (Phase 5).
Dates for the later phases have yet to determined.
Moe said that the five-phase plan was "developed in close consultation with Saskatchewan's Chief Medical Officer."
"We have to find the right path," Moe said. "We have to find the middle ground that continues to keep our case numbers low and keep Saskatchewan people safe, while at the same time allowing for businesses to reopen and Saskatchewan people to get back to work."
So far, the reaction to Saskatchewan's plan has been mixed; some residents are looking forward to getting back to work.
Oh my god, the people complaining about Saskatchewan re-opening businesses slowly is sickening. Stay home if you want to, but I'm looking forward to things getting back to normal, we've all been cooped up far too long— Astrid K (@littlered_ace) April 23, 2020
While others are far more sceptical of the government's plan.
This "Re-open Saskatchewan" plan is not only dangerous, it's incredibly stupid. Thanks to the Sask Party and their leaders for creating a plan that will lead to the spike of Covid-19 in our province.— JJ Hawr (@JHawreschuk) April 23, 2020
Saskatchewan is the first province in Canada to release a plan for reopening its economy.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford said that things could "loosen up" a bit in Ontario by May 18, but that the provincial government currently does not have a set reopening date for the province.
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