Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has gone into self-isolation after a potential exposure to the novel coronavirus.
A government spokesperson said it happened on Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Original Joe’s in Prince Albert.
Moe learned of the potential exposure Monday morning through an alert issued by the Saskatchewan Health Authority late Sunday.
It advised anyone who had visited the location between Nov. 12 and 16 to immediately self-isolate and seek testing.
The spokesperson said the premier was having lunch with family members following a death in the family.
Moe is not experiencing any symptoms at this time, the spokesperson said, adding that Moe had a COVID-19 test on Monday “out of an abundance of caution.”
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He will remain in self-isolation until Sunday, Nov. 29, 14 days following the potential exposure.
The spokesperson said Moe will continue with his responsibilities while self-isolating at his Shellbrook home.
The spokesperson said anyone who was in close contact with Moe will be self-monitoring for symptoms. This includes staff, cabinet, or participants in the press conference on Nov. 17.
Moe’s office has a number of prevention protocols in place, including mask usage, physical distancing, hand sanitization, frequent surface sanitization and the use of virtual meeting technology.
Preparations for the upcoming legislative session and Throne Speech will continue unimpeded, the spokesperson said. The only impact will be the swearing-in of government MLAs on Nov. 25.
Deputy Premier Donna Harpauer will attend in the premier’s absence. Moe will be sworn-in as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Rosthern-Shellbrook sometime before the Throne Speech.