Coronavirus: Scott Moe says reopen dates coming for nearly all Saskatchewan businesses

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says details are coming soon on when nearly all businesses in the province will be allowed to reopen.

He said many businesses are already operating again, except for some bingo halls and casinos.

The premier said specific dates on when more COVID-19 restrictions can lift is to be unveiled Tuesday.

However, Moe said that with the reopenings, the government’s $50-million emergency program for small and medium-sized businesses will be winding down.

The grants were to go to businesses impacted by public health orders to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The Opposition NDP said the Saskatchewan Party government has spent about half of the program’s funding and that applications have been rejected because its parameters are too narrow.

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Moe said the intention of the grants was clear and many people in the province were able to keep working during the pandemic.

“We haven’t been impacted quite as much as some other provinces,” he said Monday.

Saskatchewan also reported one new case of COVID-19 on Monday in the far north region, bringing the province’s total to 779 infections. So far, 679 people have recovered and 13 have died.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus.

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