Shopping malls, hair salons and massage therapists open Tuesday as part of Re-open Saskatchewan Phase Two

Phase two of the provincial government’s Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan takes effect on Tuesday.

Re-opening their doors will be retail businesses, shopping malls, public and farmers markets and select personal care services such as hair salons, barbers and massage therapists .

Public gatherings are still restricted to no more than ten people, and physical distancing is still expected to be practiced.

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The province has yet to announce dates for the implementation of phases three and four.

However Tuesday is also Phase One for expanding health care services.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority’s CEO says as the gradual re-opening begins, they will constantly evaluate to ensure the safety of patients, residents and health care workers.

The SHA’s Resumption Plan also has four phases.

It includes an increase in surgeries, diagnostic imaging and primary care clinics.

CEO Scott Livingstone says the clinics will continue to use virtual care where possible, prioritizing in person visits for those with chronic diseases.

Mental health short stay units are re-opening, along with in-person appointments for mental health and addictions if needed, more therapeutic and day programming for groups of under ten people and the gradual re-introduction of services like home care, kidney health, rehabilitation and therapy programs.

Meanwhile for the first time since a pandemic was declared, no new cases of COVID-19 were announced in Saskatchewan on Monday.

There were 11 more recoveries, leaving Saskatchewan’s active case total at 131.

Five people are in hospital across Saskatchewan, including three in intensive care in Saskatoon.


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