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:
- bingo halls, casinos and other gaming establishments;
- 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.