Here's what to expect from businesses opening under Phase 3
REGINA -- Here’s a look at the businesses that are now permitted to open, as phase three of the province’s Reopen Saskatchewan plan begins on Monday.
Additional personal services will be permitted to open on June 8 including:
- Tattoo artists
- Make-up artists
- Sun tanning locations
- Restaurants, 50 per cent capacity
- Places of worship
WHAT TO EXPECT AT RESTAURANTS
Seating must be limited to 50 per cent capacity and set up in a way that maintains two metre between tables, as Regina pubs and restaurants begin opening on Monday.
For some restaurants, this means taking more than half of the tables and chairs out of the dining area. They also removed many seats from the bar area.
Golf’s Steak House in downtown Regina has been a staple in the community for 48 years. The owner said never in its history has it had to close for an extended period of time. On Monday, everyone at the restaurant was excited to light the torch that has been out since March 19..
“Today is a special day that we can re-open, re-invite out customers back to see us,” owner Maria Kolitsas Lang said. “Re-light our ceremonial flame, its always burning when we’re open.”
Some changes that people will see when they come into the restaurant are face masks on all the staff, hand sanitization stations and disposable paper menus.
“The cost of sanitizers, facial masks, that type of stuff that the business owner has to ensure,” said Executive Chef & General Manger, Golf’s Steak House, Jason Androwartha. “That all has to be costed into food as well and we have to look into getting out revenue back.”
Kolitsas Lang said even though the government is allowing restaurants to operate at 50 per cent capacity, they are only able to operate at 35 per cent capacity because of needing to keep tables two meters apart.
OTHER CHANGES UNDER PHASE THREE
In addition to the businesses permitted to open in phase three, the size of public and private gatherings will increase to 15.
Recreation areas in restaurants such as dance floors, VLTs and pool tables will remain closed.
The province has announced that there will be increased access to childcare spaces for working parents.
“Employees returning to work as part of Phase three will now be offered access to school-based childcare facilities, and child care facilities can have a maximum of 15 children per designated space, up from eight,” the province says in a news release.
The government also says there will be updates to guidelines for gyms, parks, campgrounds, as well as updates to the public health order.
More details can be found on the government’s website.
Guidelines are underway for the safe re-opening of playgrounds and beaches.
Saskatchewan's Chief Medical Health Officer says by his current estimates the province won't enter phase five of the reopen plan until June 2021.