Keeping Safety Top-of-Mind as COVID-19 Restrictions Ease
REGINA - Saskatchewan will be lifting all of its public health orders on Sunday July 11, 2021, but COVID-19 will still be on the minds of health officials for months into the future.
Premier Scott Moe warned residents that the end of restrictions does not mean the end of COVID-19. There is no 'mission accomplished' banner that is hanging behind me," said Moe. "And that's because, although the restrictions are coming to an end, COVID is not … This fight against COVID does need to continue, but it will shift into a new and somewhat different phase."
Potential sources of COVID-19 exposure include having close contact with a coworker or member of the public who is ill with COVID-19 and touching your nose, mouth, or eyes after touching surfaces contaminated with the virus or handling items that others infected with COVID-19 have touched.
While the Government of Saskatchewan has lifted several public health measures, please note:
- Companies should have a COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan in place, which includes policies and procedures.
- For obligations of employers, refer to Regulation 6-22 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2020.
- If workers feel ill before work, they should contact their employer and not come to work. Individuals should stay home while sick and seek a COVID-19 test if necessary.
- Any employee who starts to experience COVID-19 symptoms should report to their supervisor immediately, go home, and seek a COVID-19 test if necessary.
- Companies should maintain effective sanitation measures, including handwashing stations with posted handwashing protocols, hand sanitizer stations, disinfectant wiping products, etc.
- Individuals are reminded not to touch their eyes, nose, or mouth and use tissues when coughing or sneezing and practice good handwashing.
- While COVID-19 is primarily airborne, keeping high-touch surfaces and reusable PPE clean can help reduce infectious disease transmission.
- Maintain physical distancing when possible.
- Individuals can still wear masks to reduce the transmission of airborne viruses.
For more information about COVID-19 measures, please visit: https://scsaonline.ca/resources/covid-19-coronoavirus
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