A University of Saskatchewan professor thinks the provincial government should have imposed new restrictions to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The province announced on Tuesday that existing restrictions dating back to mid-December will be extended two weeks past Friday, to Jan. 29. These measures include a limit on indoor and outdoor gatherings, a suspension of team sports and mandatory masks in indoor public spaces.
Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine, a professor of community health and epidemiology at the U of S, said he would like Saskatchewan to reintroduce a shutdown similar to the one in March 2020.
“I’m terribly disappointed by this announcement today,” Muhajarine said in an interview. “I really think we should actually be putting (in) more restrictions and really trying to get ahead of this pandemic.”
Muhajarine said he would have liked further restrictions on bars and restaurants and a reduction of the 30-person limit for places like banquet halls.