Saskatchewan's Moe said the relaunch plan was developed in conjunction with the province's chief medical health officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab, and would be a "gradual, methodical and cautious process" with five phases. Golfing with physical distancing guidelines will start May 15, and parks and campgrounds will open June 1, with some restrictions in place.
"As we go forward it's not really back to business as usual, it's going forward to business in a new normal for the next little while", he added.
"Today we are announcing our plan to gradually and cautiously and methodically reopen businesses and public services that were forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic", said Moe.
Canada's 10 provinces have closed non-essential businesses and urged people to stay at home since mid-March to slow the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus.
Gathering restrictions will remain for the first phase, and the long-term restrictions now in place on travel, long-term care homes and others will remain in place until the final phase.
Medical service providers will be required to take precautionary measures, such as the use of gloves and face masks when physical distancing is not possible.
Moe said that customers will be expected to follow physical distancing rules, and to stay home if feeling unwell, or showing any symptoms.
Phase 2 will allow retail, beauty and hair salons to open on May 19 with certain restrictions.
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Trevor Dignean, administrator for the Meadow Lake and District Chamber of Commerce said if the local community can do this right, we'll only have to do this once.
The restrictions of public gatherings will remain, with them being capped at 10 people.
Restaurants will be able to resume operations at 50% capacity, as well as gyms and other similar facilities. "We have flattened the curve, even as these businesses have remained open over the last number of months".
Staying in place are: the State of Emergency; recommendations against non-essential worldwide and interprovincial travel; the mandatory 14-day self-isolation following global travel, exposure to COVID-19, or a positive COVID-19 test; restrictions on public gatherings; and the restrictionsat long-term care homes. When we build our schools, our highways and our hospitals, we should build them with our companies and our workers.
"We're all in different places when it comes to how COVID-19 has been dealt with and what the results have ultimately been", he said.
Phase three will see the majority of other businesses reopening.
Phase two is set to launch just after the May long-weekend.
"The last few weeks have been hard for everyone", said Moe.