The City of Moose Jaw is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan and below is the latest information regarding changes to City services and operations that have been implemented since March 16.
PRIVATE GATHERINGS (Taken from the provincial government website, www.saskatchewan.ca)
Starting December 17, all private dwelling indoor gatherings are limited to immediate households (people you currently live with) only. Single individuals (a person who resides on their own) are permitted to meet with one household of less than five (always the same household).
Further details on City operations and services affected by COVID-19 can be found below.
Reopening announcements for individual facilities will occur based on:
- compliance with Provincial reopening guidelines
- additional cleaning, disinfecting, and safety measures
- ability to create a safe environment for staff and visitors
- enhanced protection measures for essential City staff
- capacity to absorb additional costs including losses in revenue
UPDATED NOVEMBER 27, 2020
- The fitness centre and indoor track will remain open within the current Yara Centre hours of operation and booking processes, but with reduced capacity limits and mandatory masking for all activities.
- Fitness classes continue under the current measures which include groups of 8 or fewer, mandatory mask use for all participants and at least 3 metres of physical distancing.
- Turf rentals are under review as the City consults with user groups on expected usage and further announcements will made should there be any changes to current availability.
- Drop-in turf activities are suspended until further notice.
Kinsmen Sportsplex Pool:
- Public swimming continues within the current pool hours of operation and booking processes, but with updated capacity limits and physical distancing/masking guidelines.
- Aquatic fitness classes continue under current booking practices while adering to current measures which includes groups of 8 or fewer and at least 3 metres of physical distancing.
- Swimming lessons, advanced courses and private rentals are suspended until further notice.
Mosaic Place and City Arenas (Kinsmen Arena, Pla-Mor Palace)
- After consulation with arena user groups, the Pla-Mor Palace will be temporarily closed effective November 27, 2020. Ice will remain in but current ice rentals will be redirected to the Kinsmen Arena and Mosaic Place.
- Mandatory mask use and three (3)metres of physical distancing is required in all areas including the ice surface.
- All public skating, shinny hockey, and adult recreational hockey has been suspended until further notice.
Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre
- All curling leagues have been paused through December 17. For further information, call the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre at 306-624-2048.
Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery
- The Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery remains open within the current hours of operation with capacity remaining at 20. Masks are mandatory in all areas of the facility.
- In-person art classes are limited to 6 students, who are physically distanced more than 2 meters and also required to wear masks.
Moose Jaw Cultural Centre
- The Moose Jaw Cultural Centre will remain open with a maximum of 10 people allowed in the Art Gallery, to allow space for physical distancing.
- Capacity for all live performances will be restricted to 30 people and masks are mandatory in all areas of the facility.
- Beverage services have been suspended until further notice.
Moose Jaw Public Library
- The Moose Jaw Public Library will remain open and has had no significant changes as a result of the new measures.
- They continue to encourage patrons to use the curbside pickup option if they would like items but aren't able to come in. Patrons can put the items on hold themselves or give the Library a call with their preferences and they will gladly put a package together based on their preferences. The Library has great digital resources from books to movies and are happy to help navigate by phone if people are sticking around their homes.
MANDATORY USE OF MASKS
The Province of Saskatchewan has issued a Public Health Order making masking in indoor public places mandatory to all Saskatchewan communities. Exceptions include:
- People whose medical condition prevents them from wearing a mask as determined by a health professional.
City Hall has reopened to the public.
Safety of residents and our employees remains a priority,” said Jim Puffalt, City Manager. “Visitors to City Hall will notice a number of new safety initiatives and we ask all to adhere to physical distancing restrictions.”
New City Hall safety measures include:
- Reduced public hours of operation (11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday).
- All visitors must use hand sanitizer and non-medical masks will also be available and are required.
- Capacity restrictions will be in effect for all areas including City Council meetings.
- A security desk will be set up inside the main entrance doors to the lobby and controlled by a Commissionaire, who will screen all visitors.
- All visitors must answer a series of health questions and have a temperature check.
- All visitors will be required to sign in and out.
- Appointments are required for meetings with City Administration or Mayor.
The City reminds residents that we offer a number of online payment options and the drop box in front of City Hall (228 Main St. North) is open 24 hours a day.
OUTDOOR RECREATION FACILITIES AND SPACES
LIBRARY & CULTURAL FACILITIES
- The Moose Jaw Public Library reopened August 10. More details can be found at: http://moosejawlibrary.ca/
- The Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery reopened August 10. More details can be found at: http://www.mjmag.ca/
- Updates on the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre Reopening Plan can be found at: http://www.moosejawculture.ca/
- To sign up, use the Online Recreation Registration button at moosejaw.ca or the City of Moose Jaw app. Space is limited.
TRAILS & OPEN SPACES
Trails and open spaces remain open under the following measures:
- Physical distancing must always be practiced – two metres apart unless with family or people you live with.
- Avoid touching shared public surfaces like benches and railings and be sure to wash your hands as soon as you return home.
- Avoid group sports and activities unless with your family or people you live with. Gatherings must still follow the public health order and be no more than thirty people.
- Stay home if you are sick.
We will continue to offer updates on changes to services and operations via www.MooseJaw.ca and the City of Moose Jaw app, which can be found in the Apple and Google Play app stores.
The Moose Jaw Police Service has released the following statement regarding compliance with COVID-19 safety recommendations:
"The Moose Jaw Police Service would like to update our community regarding Saskatchewan Health’s newly-created COVID-19 Non-Compliance Reporting Procedure. Saskatchewan Health now has online and telephone reporting of any Health Order violations. The public can visit their website or call 1(855) 559-5502.
We would like the public's cooperation regarding attendance at our police service office. Our office remains open 24 hours, seven days a week for your needs but we would encourage you to phone us at 306-694-7600 first. This measure is to meet your needs more effectively, safely and protect you and our staff during this time."
Parks and Recreation COVID-19 FAQs
Q: What happened to my membership?
A: All memberships were frozen as of March 17, 2020. Memberships will all be reactivated upon your first visit or on September 1, 2020. When you return, we will reactivate your membership at that time. All expiry dates will be credited with lost time due to the pandemic.
Q: What if I want a refund on my membership?
A: Members who want a refund will receive a pro-rated cheque refund with no cancelation fees. Please email email@example.com to arrange for a refund.
Q: What is the status of my Swim Lesson or Community Association Registration Fees?
A: A credit has been applied to your account to be used for future registrations. If you want a refund, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. A modified version of swim lessons will start September 12, 2020. Community Association classes are not scheduled at this time as we work with our school partners.
Q: When will the Recreation Facilities be open?
A: The Kinsmen Sportsplex and Yara Centre have reopened with new COVID-19 Protocols. To reserve a time or view schedules pleas click here
Q: Can we use the Outdoor Recreation Facilities?
A: Trails and open spaces remain open under the following measures:
- Physical distancing must be practiced – 2 metres apart at all times unless with family or people you live with.
- Avoid touching shared public surfaces like benches and railings and be sure to wash your hands as soon as you return home.
- Playground structures and sports fields are open.
- Gatherings must follow the public health order and be no more than 30 people.
- Stay home if you are sick.
Q: Will fitness classes return?
A: Fall session has begun and Community Association Fitness Classes are being offered at the Yara Centre. Register today here. Fitness class physical distancing rules of 3 metres will be enforced.
Q: How will I physical distance on the track?
A: The inside and outside lanes will be open for single file use.
Q: When will the turf be opened
A: The turf will be opened to limited capacity as per the Sports and Activities Guidelines released November 27, 2020
Q: Do I have to book a time online for activities at Kinsmen Sportsplex and Yara Centre?
A: Yes. Online booking is in effect for all activities at the Yara Centre and Kinsmen Sportsplex. Online bookings for both facilities will be at www.moosejaw.ca on the City of Moose Jaw app or by phone (Yara Centre (306) 694-4560 and Kinsmen Sportsplex (306) 694-4483). Members can book 5 days in advance and non-members can book 4 days in advance. There are no refunds on bookings. Member no shows will result in cancellation fees.
Q: Do I have to wear a mask at the Kinsmen Sportsplex and Yara Centre?
A: Masks are mandatory during your time at the facilities and during physical exertion with the exception of swimming.
Q: Will you have sanitizer stations for public use?
A: Yes, hand sanitizer stations are available.
Q: What is the City of Moose Jaw doing to protect the public as we return to the facilities?
A: Screening will occur for users, reduced capacity and enhanced cleaning are some of the many new protocols for using recreation facilities.
Q: May I drop into any of the available activity times?
A: We are encouraging the public and members to book online for all activities. Booked customers have prority. If you have not booked a swim, you must wait 15 minutes past the start of swim if there is space. All users including your family members will be required to have a PerfectMind account. Sign up today at cityofmoosejaw.perfectmind.com. We also take bookings and payments over the phone.
Q: How far in advance may I book an activity for the Yara Centre and Kinsmen Sportsplex?
A: 5 days in advance for members and 4 days in advance for the public.
Q: Can I drop my kids off at the Kinsmen Sportsplex or Yara Centre?
A: No. Anyone under the age of 16 yrs must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver who can ensure proper physical distancing is maintained in all areas including the water and fitness centre.
Q: What is Yara Centre’s and Kinsmen Sportsplex’s opening schedule?
A: Please visit our Recreation Facilities website to view schedules.
Q: When will swimming lessons be starting?
A: Saturday, September 12, 2020 and Sunday, September 13, 2020. Online registration will open August 10, 2020. Please be advised due to COVID–19 there has been changes to our programs.
Q: What are some of the program changes?
A: All preschool classes and Swim Kids 1–4, will require adult supervision in the water during the class. Class size is limited, and social distancing will be in place.
Q: When does public skating start?
A: Public Skating is currently on pause until further notice.
Q: Will there be Community Association Classes this winter?
A: Schools are focusing on education and Community Programs are planned at alternative locations if possible.
Q: Where can I walk my dog?
A: The off lease dog park is still open, however physical distancing must be practiced 2 metres apart at all times unless with family or people you live with. A reminder that all dogs must be leashed in public areas and dogs are not allowed in parks, playgrounds or school grounds.
The City of Moose Jaw encourages residents to visit federal and provincial agencies for their recommendations on being prepared and what to do if you have concerns about COVID-19 or feel you need to be tested.
The City reminds residents to download the SaskAlert app for critical COVID-19 information from the Province of Saskatchewan.
While the City encourages all to adhere to the government restrictions regarding social distancing, we understand that residents still need essentials like groceries, prescriptions and other goods.
The City of Moose Jaw supports work by the Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce to provide guidance and resources to the local business community. For more information, visit the Chamber's dedicated COVID-19 business information page. On that page you'll find an updated list of Moose Jaw businesses that are open during COVID-19 and their adjusted business hours.
Additionally, a new website has been launched to help facilitate the sale of goods and services in the City of Moose Jaw. It's called "Bring Me Basics" and it's FREE for local businesses to post their products for sale. Consumers can then complete the online transaction and arrange delivery.
We thank the business community for providing flexible shopping options for those most vulnerable in Moose Jaw.
Moose Jaw Co-op Seniors-Only shopping hours: Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Safeway Seniors-Only shopping hours: 7:00-8:00 a.m. every day.
Superstore Seniors-Only shopping hours: 7:00-8:00 a.m. every day.
South Hill Fine Foods: Delivery available – call 306-692-1516.
On May 6, the City of Moose Jaw's "Notorious Jawcast" focused on members of the local business community and how they are managing during COVID-19. There are some heartwarming, confidence-inspiring stories.
Did you know there is a COVID-19 Community Response Team in Moose Jaw? The team is committed to identifying support programs for families and individuals suffering mental, financial or physical health issues through the pandemic. Many of these programs are not just for Moose Jaw residents, but for residents across South Central Saskatchewan.
211 Saskatchewan is a free, confidential, 24/7 service that connects individuals to human services in the province by telephone, text, or web chat, plus a searchable website with over 5,000 listings of social, community, non-clinical health, and government services across the province.
In addition to searching on the 211 Saskatchewan website, individuals can now call 2-1-1, text 2-1-1 or go online to chat with trained professionals to help find and navigate services they need. This access to community, health and government services is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Over 175 languages, including 17 Indigenous languages, are available over the phone.