|Doctors in Saskatchewan say the provincial government’s refusal to temporarily close bars and other high-risk venues will cause COVID-19 to spread unnecessarily.
„If we can only have a few people at home, and there’s a good reason for that, I’m not sure why we would gather in much larger groups in other settings, especially without masks,” Saskatoon trauma specialist Dr. Brent Thomas said in an interview with CBC News this week.
Currently, there is a 10 p.m. curfew for restaurant and bar alcohol sales. But patrons of bars, nightclubs and restaurants don’t have to wear a mask when seated.
Last week, more than 400 doctors signed a letter saying the COVID-19 restrictions announced by the province to that point needed to be stricter. The doctors called for a 28-day closure of bars, bingo halls, gyms and places of worship.
There was mixed news Thursday in the daily provincial report: There were 34 more virus recoveries than new cases, but seven additional COVID-19 hospitalizations pushed the current total to 83.