The Saskatchewan government discourages non-essential travel this winter, especially travel abroad.
Although interprovincial travel is still allowed, some provinces may require 14 days of self-isolation upon entry. A government media release on Monday noted that some airlines or international destinations may require proof of a negative COVID-19 test before travel.
Essential travel includes travel for agricultural production, industry, transport or medical appointments.
CAA Saskatchewan said in an emailed statement Monday that its travel consultants have been seeing reduced demand for travel-related services for fall and winter months this year, as compared to other years due to both the pandemic and the U.S.-Canada border closure. Right now, CAA Saskatchewan is instead focusing on in-province travel planning and 2021 destination planning.
COVID-19 cases continue to increase sharply in Central Canada. Quebec reported 1,191 new cases and Ontario reporting 615 new cases on Monday, Canadian Press reported. Quebec has reported more than 1,000 new cases four days in a row.
The Manitoba government announced bars and other licensed establishments in the greater Winnipeg area will close early, an effort aimed at curbing the growth of new COVID-19 cases. Thirty-five out of the 51 new cases Manitoba reported on Monday were in Winnipeg.
Saskatchewan reported nine new cases, including one hospitalization and 19 recoveries on Monday. Five of the new cases are located in the central east region, and one each in the Saskatoon, Regina, South Central and South East zones. There are 143 cases considered to be active.
One person is listed as being in intensive care in Regina.
The new positive cases brings Saskatchewan’s total to 1,968, with 1,801 total recoveries.
On Monday, Saskatchewan RCMP reported receiving 77 calls in the month of September related to COVID-19. Between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30, RCMP responded to 17 traveller check requests, 24 COVID-19 related complaints, 12 complaints about someone not isolating or quarantining — resulting in one charge — and 24 complaints about large gatherings.
Overall, between March 1 and the end of September, RCMP responded to 2,759 COVID-19 related calls and laid 42 charges.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority announced seven new business alerts for increased COVID-19 exposure risk, the majority in Yorkton:
In Regina: Sept. 27 — Edo Japan, 2126 Prince of Wales Dr., from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m.
In Stornoway: Sept. 24 — Combine Bee, farm, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, Oct. 1, 2 and 3 — Kia Auto group Dealership, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sept. 26, 27, and 28 — Superstore, Sept. 26 from 5:50 to 6:30 p.m., Sept. 27 from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Sept. 28 — Gallagher Centre from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Sept. 29 — Wendy’s, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and 3 — Prairie Donair, Sept. 30 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 1 from 12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Oct. 3 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.