A new city report recommends that Mayor Charlie Clark write a letter to the provincial government, asking that Saskatoon be given special assembly limits to slow the spread of COVID-19.
A special council meeting was called Wednesday morning to discuss the proposal, which would only apply to Saskatoon.
The report recommends asking for a limit of 15 people at private gatherings, which includes home gatherings.
Indoor and outdoor public gatherings would also be limited to 150 people, or one-third of the building’s capacity.
In addition, a limit of 150 people will be imposed on event facilities, casinos, bingo halls, theaters, art galleries, libraries and recreation centers. For small rooms, a limit of one third of the current capacity would be introduced.
The letter would ask the province for exemptions for events or locations that require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours.
Pamela Goulden-McLeod, the city’s director of emergency planning, told CBC radio Saskatoon morning that the city’s COVID-19 threat level is orange, or high risk. As a result, the city felt the need to act quickly.
Goulden-McLeod said the city has a review process that includes epidemiologists, the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the University of Saskatchewan. Whenever a threat level is reached, experts examine potential actions and restrictions.
“When we get to each level, we have a review process,” she said.
“It doesn’t automatically say that we do everything at every level. It means that we look at the measures and determine which ones are most effective.”
If the province accepts the proposal, the details of the implementation would be left to provincial health and justice officials.
The board meeting will begin at 11:00 a.m. CST.
Meanwhile, the city of Saskatoon said it was preparing for the province’s Oct. 1 deadline for mandatory proof of vaccination for gyms and recreation centers.
Proof of vaccination or a negative test will be required to access fitness rooms, weight rooms, and gymnasiums at all city recreation centers, including the Cosmo Civic Center, Harry Bailey Aquatic Center, the Lakewoods and Lawson Civic Centers, Saskatoon Field House and Shaw. Center.
Proof of vaccination may include a printed copy or screenshot of the person’s MySaskHealthRecord vaccination certificate or wallet card that people received at the time of vaccination.
Additionally, people may offer a negative test result that must be within the past 72 hours. All negative test results must be paid for by the person.
The vaccination rules would only apply to people 12 years of age and older.
Indoor arenas do not require proof of vaccination or a negative test for entry, but masks are mandatory for bench players and spectators.