Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests needed on Friday for many locales

As the government has stated, life is about to get tougher for those who are not vaccinated in Saskatchewan starting Friday.

As of 12:01 a.m, you will need proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result to have public access to a wide range of businesses and event venues.

This order applies primarily to non-essential businesses such as:

  • Restaurants, including restaurants in hotels or other lodgings that are not fast food restaurants
  • Nightclubs, bars, taverns, party buses and other establishments that serve alcohol under the authority of The Alcohol and Gaming Regulation Act, 1997.

Event and entertainment venues including:

  • theatres;
  • cinemas;
  • bingo halls, casinos and other gaming establishments;
  • concerts;
  • live-music venues;
  • fitness centres and gyms;
  • standalone liquor and cannabis retail sales locations; and
  • facilities hosting sporting events where tickets are required that have GST charged on the ticket.

Businesses or organizations exempt from this order include:

  • retail businesses including grocery stores;
  • off-sale liquor stores and liquor stores located in other retail stores (excluding standalone liquor and cannabis retail);
  • places of worship (including weddings/funerals/wakes);
  • personal services, health care services, professional services;
  • public libraries;
  • hotels or lodging including self-serve food options located within the hotel or other lodging;
  • facilities hosting amateur sporting events, including youth athletics and recreational leagues;
  • private gatherings at public venues (weddings/funerals/wakes/meetings); and
  • private gatherings at private residences.

Proof of Vaccination

Businesses and organizations have several options for checking acceptable proof of vaccination. These include:

  • A QR code/MySaskHealthRecord vaccine certificate either printed or on the patron’s mobile device as a screenshot or in SK Vax Wallet;
  • A printed hard copy of MySaskHealthRecord vaccine certificate with or without a QR code;
  • Wallet cards issued at the time of vaccinations; and
  • A COVID-19 vaccination printout from Saskatchewan Health Authority Public Health.

Proof of a Negative Test

Individuals who do not have proof of vaccination have the option of providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test result from within the previous 72 hours.

A self-administered take-home rapid antigen test will not be accepted as valid proof of negative COVID-19 results and the SHA is no longer supporting testing for asymptomatic individuals at the public testing sites, preserving resources to test symptomatic and other at-risk populations.

The cost for all proof of negative test results for asymptomatic testing will be your responsibility. Those requiring a negative test result have several private options on the market that will provide a rapid antigen test or a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for a fee.

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