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City Council defeats The COVID-19 Gathering Bylaw, 2021 No.9782

For immediate release: October 29, 2021 - 4:53pm
FI21-2630
City Council defeated The COVID-19 Gathering Bylaw, 2021 No.9782 on second reading at its meeting Friday, October 29, 2021. The bylaw was brought forward at the request of Council as an additional health and safety measure to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and attempt to diminish the strain that hospitals, medical staff and ICUs currently face.  
 
Council directed Administration to report back on recommended methods to share current COVID-19 data with residents, such as the modelling data presented to City Council at its meeting on October 25, 2021. The legend for the different scenarios as shown in the modelling data is below:
  • Red: 16% reduction in gathering size but no decrease in proportion of people mixing in the community.
  • Olive: 43% reduction in gathering sizes but no decrease in proportion of people mixing in the community.
  • Green: modest reduction in people mixing in community.
  • Blue: greater reduction in people mixing in community (half of pre-pandemic mixing).
  • Magenta: greater reduction in people mixing in community (half of pre-pandemic mixing).
Public Health Order Reminders
 
As a reminder, the current Provincial Public Health Orders in place impacting City facilities are as follows:
  • Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or negative test within 72 hours are mandatory for ages 12 and over within all Leisure Centre areas and indoor arenas as per a Public Health Order and subsequent Council direction.
  • A Public Health Order requires masks to be worn in all indoor public spaces including all City facilities. 
COVID-19 information can be found on the City’s website saskatoon.ca/covid-19, along with direct links to further factual and timely COVID-19 information on the Government of Saskatchewan and Government of Canada websites.