This page will provide some guidance for arts organizations as we begin to re-engage with our communities and audiences under the restrictions contained in the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. Please note that SK Arts should not be considered an authority in this area; you are encouraged to refer directly to the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan on the Government of Saskatchewan website.

This page will be updated on a regular basis as more information becomes available. If you have any questions that are not addressed here, please email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we will try to find a response and add it to the page.

When can art galleries re-open?

Non-profit art galleries and museums were allowed to re-open as of June 29, 2020, assuming the facility can maintain physical distancing requirements and meet the guidelines for operation contained in the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan.

Commercial galleries were allowed to re-open with retail businesses on May 19, 2020, also subject to the guidelines for retail in the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan.

When can theatres re-open?

Theatres were allowed to re-open as of June 29, 2020, assuming the theatre can maintain physical distancing requirements and meet the guidelines for operation contained in the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan.

What about children’s programming, like day camps, that we are planning this summer?

Children’s programming was permitted as of June 22, 2020, even in facilities that were not yet permitted to open for their other activities. Programming is permitted only assuming the company can maintain physical distancing requirements and meet the guidelines for operation contained in the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. Please note that the plan includes specific guidelines for child and youth day camp programs.

What are physical distancing requirements?

Generally, use of your facility must be planned to allow for two metres (six-and-a half feet) between people from different households. This guidance pertains to all spaces that are open to the general public, including lobbies, concession stands, washrooms and other public spaces.

You will find specific recommendations around physical distancing in the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan.

Is there a maximum audience size for theatres?

With the guidelines for re-opening as of June 29, 2020, the maximum number of people permitted in a theatre is 30% of capacity to a maximum of 150 people. This number includes performers and crew, who are required to “share space” with audience members.

There are specific recommendations for physical distancing in the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan.

Is there special guidance for cleaning and for staff?

The sections for both art galleries and theatres of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan contain recommendations related to general operations, cleaning and sanitation, and staff practices. You should review them carefully and frequently, as the information may change as our situation develops. You can get to these sections quickly by using the Table of Contents at the beginning of the plan; it allows you to click directly to the section in which you’re interested.

There’s no mention of singing or wind instruments in the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan. Is there any guidance related to those activities?

The situation around COVID-19 continues to develop as more information about the virus and how it is spread becomes known. At this time, best practice says that all activities that generate “turbulent airflow,” like singing or playing wind instruments, call for increased physical distancing space of four metres.

Who controls these guidelines for Saskatchewan? How can I contact them directly?

Development and administration of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan is the responsibility of the Province’s Business Response Team. They are available 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday, at 1-844-800-8688 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..