Both the RCMP and Public Health Office can enforce the mask requirements.
Six new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Northeast on Sunday, November 15.
Three were in the NIpawin Subzone and three in the Melfort Subzone. No new cases have been reported in the Tisdale subzone for days.
In Nipawin and area (from Smeaton to Shoal Lake and all the communities in between as far south as Arborfield), there are now 61 active cases of the novel coronavirus.
In Melfort, which has seen some growth in actives cases over the last while, the three new cases brought the total there to 21.
Melfort in in the Northeast Subdistrict 2 which includes Beatty, Kinistinp, Naicam, Pleasantdale, St. Brieux, Star City, Valparaiso and Weldon.
One of the people hospitalized has been released, leaving three in hospital. One death was reported a week ago in the Northeast zone, of a man in his 50s.
An outbreak was declared at Ag Authority in Kinistino on November 2.
There are 90 known active cases of COVID-19 in the Northeast and 128 recovered people.
The province announced last week that all communities over 5,000 along with 59 other communities, would have a mandatory mask rule under the Public Health Order.
While RCMP and other policing agencies have said they prefer to educate first, some fines are being handed out to those who violate the orders.
Both the RCMP and the Public Health office can enforce the Public Health Order.
If businesses are having difficulty with a person who does not want to comply with the rules of physical distancing and wearing a mask and it becomes confrontational, they are advised to call RCMP first. If it is an emergency, call 911.
Reporting of violations can also be done on line through the province’s website using the non-compliance form found here: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/public-health-measures/public-health-orders#non-compliance-reporting-form
Provincially, two more deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, both from the North Central Zone (Humboldt, Prince Albert and surrounding communities.) One person was in their 20s and another was in the over 80 group.
To date, 31 people are known to have died of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan.
On November 15, 181 new cases were added to the provincial , with the largest portion in Saskatoon (64) and Regina (28).
There are 1,807 active cases of COVID-19 known to be in the province and 62 people are in hospital. Of those, 46 are receiving in-patient care (three in the Northeast) and 16 people are in intensive care.