Travel restrictions for most of northern Saskatchewan have been lifted, including restrictions on areas near Flin Flon.
The provincial government announced changes in public health orders May 19, allowing for travel restrictions to be imposed only on the northwest portion of the province.
"Travel to and from all other areas of the north – commercial, domestic and recreational as outlined in the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan – is permitted starting today," stated a provincial government media release.
Restrictions on travel to communities like Creighton and Denare Beach from southern Saskatchewan have been lifted as part of the change. Smaller checkpoints or roadblocks for communities like Deschambault Lake and Pelican Narrows, which are community led, are not affected by the change.
Seven new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Saskatchewan, each in the far north portion of the province - four in Beauval and three in La Loche. Active outbreaks are still continuing in both communities.
Throughout Saskatchewan, 123 cases of COVID-19 are considered active, with 117 of those cases in northern regions. The province has reported 599 total cases during the pandemic.
The news comes after a weekend of few new cases - two new cases of the disease were reported over the long weekend, one on May 16 and another May 17. Along with the shrinking in new cases was a bevy of recoveries - 47 in total reported from May 16-18. Fifteen more recoveries from the disease were reported May 19.