Our community spirit is strong when we work as one community to keep our guard up. COVID-19 is a public health emergency and according to public health experts, it will continue to impact our community and City services for months to come.
At a local level, we continue to follow recommendations from the Government of Canada and the Provincial Government to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission including:
- Stay home if you are not feeling well
- Wash your hands often with soap and water; if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose or eyes with unwashed hands
- Maintain a two metre physical distance from others (three metres when participating in physical activity)
- Wear a mandatory, non-medical face mask (e.g. cloth or other materials)
Mandatory Masks: City Facilities & Saskatoon Transit
What you need to know
- By public health order, wearing a mask is mandatory in all indoor public places in Saskatoon.
- The use of a mask is required when accessing indoor City-operated facilities and services except when participating in aquatic activities.
- Saskatoon Transit requires all riders to wear a non-medical mask.
- Some people may not be able to wear a mask. Exceptions are outlined on Saskatchewan.ca/covid19.
- Proof is not required if someone has an exception. City employees will not deny services as not everyone is required to wear a face covering.
- The health, safety, and well-being of our employees and maintaining essential services to residents are our top priorities.
Saskatoon Transit: Staying safe on public transit
Proper Use and Care – Cloth Mask
Proper Use and Care - Disposable mask
Government of Canada video: How to wear a non-medical mask or face covering properly
Government of Canada: Non-medical masks and face coverings: Sew and no-sew instructions
Protect Yourself and Others - Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
COVID-19 most commonly spreads from an infected person to another person through the following.
- Close contact: Breathing in someone's respiratory droplets after they cough, sneeze, laugh or sing.
- Contaminated surfaces: Touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes with unwashed hands.
- Common greetings: Handshakes, hugs or kisses.
As a respiratory illness, the best method to protect yourself against COVID-19 is to practice everyday preventive actions, including:
- When coughing or sneezing:
- cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand
- throw away tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dry them well; if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Maintain safe food practices and avoid sharing cups, glasses, dishes or cutlery, and ensure they are thoroughly washed with warm water and soap after each use
- Clean high-touch surfaces and objects frequently with regular household cleaners or diluted bleach (one part bleach to nine parts water), such as toys, toilets, phones, electronics, door handles, bedside tables, television remotes
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid unnecessary travel to affected areas
- Practice healthy habits such as eating well, exercising and getting enough rest to help support your immune system
It is important to keep up to date with the current risk level and restrictions under the current Public Health Order in Saskatchewan.
Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep a physical distance between each other. Social distancing, also called physical distancing, is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak. This means making changes in your everyday routines to minimize close contact with others, including:
- Avoid crowded places and non-essential gatherings
- Avoid common greetings, such as handshakes
- Limit contact with people at higher risk like older adults and those in poor health
- Keep a distance of at least two metres from others
Government of Canada: Going out: Personal and social activities during the COVID-19 pandemic
Public Shared Surfaces
In keeping with public health guidelines, residents should avoid using their hands to touch shared surfaces in the public like handrails, garbage cans, benches and at any pedestrian crossings that still require push button activation. Always wash your hands as soon as you return home or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
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