Sask. government discourages interprovincial travel as Labour Day weekend approaches

Some consider the Labour Day weekend to be the last chance to enjoy summer before school starts and fall rolls in. It also means more people are travelling so they can make the most out of the extended weekend.

COVID-19 case numbers in Saskatchewan continue to fall with active cases at 29 as of Wednesday, according to the government. However rising cases in most of the western provinces has the Saskatchewan government encouraging its residents to not take part in interprovincial travel unless it’s for essential purposes.

During Wednesday’s provincial COVID-19 update from the Saskatchewan legislature, Premier Scott Moe said the best way to keep COVID-19 out of schools is to keep the spread of the virus as low as possible in our communities, and that starts with where people choose to travel at this time.

“Right now, our neighbours to the east and west are seeing rising case numbers. I expect them to get [those numbers] under control, but for now if you don’t have to travel to another province, please don’t,” said the premier.

He added that this applies to both flights and travel by road.

Moe said if residents must travel, they should look at the posted COVID-19 case and risk information for their destination, and they should self-monitor for symptoms upon their return.

“We know this virus does not move by itself. People move it from one place to another. So let’s all try to avoid bringing it into Saskatchewan from various locations outside of our province.”

The government noted in a release on Wednesday that essential travel, including travel for agricultural production, industry, transport and medical appointments among other reasons, have always been permitted and will continue to be.


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