Saskatchewan RCMP are receiving calls about violations to the provincial public health order aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.
In a press release Monday, the police stated they were working closely with the Saskatchewan Health Authority to investigate reports of people not abiding by the laws laid out Friday.
Premier Scott Moe has announced a series of restrictions to prevent people from gathering and spreading COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus:
- People returning from international travel must go into self-isolation for two weeks
- People living in the same home as someone who has COVID-19 must self-isolate and follow the directions of public health
- Public gatherings of more than 25 people are banned
- Public and private elementary and secondary schools ordered closed
- Recreation and entertainment facilities
- Nightclubs, bars, lounges and restaurants ordered closed (restaurants can continue with takeout and delivery)
- Personal services ordered closed
- Dental, optometry, chiropractic, registered massage therapy and podiatry clinics are only permitted to perform non-elective procedures
- Visits to long-term care homes, hospitals, personal care homes and group homes are restricted to family visiting for compassionate reasons
- Daycares limited to eight children or eight children per room
To date, Saskatchewan RCMP have not laid any charges, issued any fines or made any arrests in relation to violations of the public health order, the press release states.
“We would like to reassure you that during the current rapidly evolving situation, our service delivery and commitment to keeping your community safe remains unchanged,” the release states.
As of Monday, there were 66 cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan.
Concerned about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:
Health officials say the risk for Canadians is low.
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.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend social distancing, frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. And if you get sick, stay at home.
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