City of Humboldt reiterates provincial masking order, encourages precautionary measures

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The City of Humboldt has sent out a press release notifying residents that they will be required to wear a mask in all indoor public places, following a provincial announcement by Premier Scott Moe.

According to Moe, on Sept. 17 Saskatchewan residents will again be required to wear face masks in all indoor public places. He said the policy is currently considered temporary, and will be re-evaluated in October.

The city reiterated that this includes city-owned facilities such as city hall, the fire hall, Humboldt Uniplex, Humboldt & District Museum & Gallery, and the Reid-Thompson Library.

“City Council and administration encourages you to protect yourself and your family. Please take necessary precautionary measures when you leave your home and are in contact with the public.”

Youth under 18 playing indoor sports are exempt from the masking order while they’re actively engaged.

Masking in venues hosting youth athletics, which includes the Uniplex, will remain required for general entry and exit into the facility, for athletes and spectators.

While not focused on in the city’s press release, the province also announced a proof of vaccination policy, which is set to begin on Oct. 1.

Beginning on Oct. 1, non-essential services will require either proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test in order to allow access, with an exception of children under 12.

Restaurants, nightclubs, theatres, museums and indoor fitness centres will be required to ask for proof of vaccination beginning on this date. Those who are exempt from the policy will be retail businesses, places of worship, health care services, hotels, amateur sporting venues and private gatherings.

Jessica Durling, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Humboldt Journal

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