The Saskatchewan NDP is calling on the provincial government to work more closely with northern communities to ensure clear protocols and protections for stopping the spread of COVID-19, including clear answers for northern municipalities seeking to restrict access to their communities to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“Our northern communities need support and solutions as we grapple with the spread of this virus,” said Highways Critic and NDP MLA for Athabasca Buckley Belanger. “Some communities are wanting to restrict access, and many are concerned about liquor stores remaining open. The province has so far been inconsistent in providing clear direction or support.”

“For the health of everyone, the province needs to be working closely with communities all across the province, particularly in the north,” said Belanger. “We need the provincial government first to communicate more and then to do more to keep our communities safe and healthy.”