Business where Sask. Party leader made campaign stop is listed on COVID-19 advisory

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — Saskatchewan Party Leader Scott Moe is self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms after a businesses where he made a recent campaign announcement was listed on an advisory of possible exposures.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority on Sunday released a list of locations of possible COVID-19 exposures on multiple dates, and it includes a lumber business in Prince Albert for five days between Sept. 30 and Oct. 6, from 8 a.m to 5 p.m.

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Moe and his team were at the lumber business on one of the dates, Saturday, Oct. 3, when he made a campaign announcement pledging to reduce taxes for small businesses.

The health authority advisory says a person or persons attended the locations while they were likely infectious, and anyone who was at the locations at the listed times should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

A statement from the party says the business owner has confirmed that no attendees or participants in the announcement had contact with the person who was the source of the potential exposure, nor were they in the same area.

It says that precautionary measures were taken during the announcement, including physical distancing, mask usage, and hand sanitization.

"In accordance with public health advice, individuals who were at the announcement including Premier Moe, will self-monitor for 14 days," the statement said.

During the announcement, where Moe pledged to reduce taxes for small businesses to help them recover from the effects of COVID-19, Moe acknowledged five other Saskatchewan Party candidates from the area who were also present.

The statement from the party said neither Moe, nor his tour team and any of the candidates have experienced symptoms to date.

The health authority advisory said that if anyone who was at the noted locations develops symptoms, they should immediately self-isolate and arrange for testing.

"If any of these individuals do experience symptoms, they will immediately self-isolate and seek testing," the party statement said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 11, 2020.

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