SASKATOON — The mayor of Saskatoon is calling for vaccine passports and mandatory COVID-19 testing as the city faces an "incredibly serious" surge in cases.
Mayor Charlie Clark says Saskatoon's health system is being stretched as COVID-19 and its more contagious variants are causing an exponential rise in infections, especially among younger people.
In a statement yesterday, Clark says strict measures should be implemented for people who choose not to be vaccinated.
He says vaccine passports, vaccine requirements and mandatory testing are some actions that could limit community participation for the unvaccinated and protect community health.
Vaccine requirements have been rolling out across Canada in a variety of settings, including sports, businesses and under provincial orders.
Clark says the City of Saskatoon is still finalizing its policies for city workers and public services, with more details to be released in the coming days.
"We have to come to terms with the ugly reality that COVID has not left us, but instead we are now facing an increasingly serious situation," said Clark.
"I am proud of how we have continually adapted to keep people safe and we will keep doing so."
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 25, 2021.
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