Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said his government will use every lever it has to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in order to avoid another lockdown.
The premier made the comments Saturday on Global’s The Roy Green Show shortly after the province announced 439 new COVID-19 cases, an all-time high, and record hospitalizations.
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The premier told Green it would be “disastrous” for Saskatchewan’s small business community to face a second lockdown as they did in the spring.
“We’re going to do everything we can to ensure they’re going to be able to make it through this without a circuit breaker, without a shutdown, or without a lockdown or whatever terminology that is used,” Moe said.
As of Saturday, there are 97 active COVID-19 outbreaks in Saskatchewan, mainly at restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, non-retail workplaces and gyms, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
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The province recently implemented a province-wide mask mandate and reduced indoor private gathering sizes from 10 to five, but stopped short of a lockdown. Aside from hookah services and party buses, all businesses remain open.
Tracy Zambori, president of Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, has been calling for a two-week circuit breaker lockdown. She says the window of opportunity to stem the virus is rapidly closing.…