Need to Know: Festival Site, Immunization Clinics, & Minor Hockey


Saskatoon Councillors unanimously back downtown Saskatoon Festival Site

A multi-million-dollar plan to build a permanent festival site in Saskatoon’s south downtown appears all but certain to go ahead, although many details about timelines and funding have yet to be worked out.

City council unanimously endorsed the proposal at its meeting this week. The mayor and several councillors praised the concept for the $12.8-million facility.

The proposed site is centred on Friendship Park, and designed to accommodate up to 7,500 people for concerts, food fairs, races such as a marathon, and multiple smaller events in summer and winter.


Here's a look at one of Sask.'s mass immunization clinics

The facility is at the International Trade Centre at Regina's Evraz Place, the same area where COVID-19 testing has been offered for months. It will feature a large indoor area and a drive-thru option. 

The plan is for the mass immunization clinic to open in April in Regina, and each table is expected to administer six to seven vaccines hourly. The province said in a news release that the clinic’s maximum accommodation is 30 tables as supplies increase. An additional 19 vaccines per hour are expected for drive-thru clinics.


Sask. minor hockey games not expected to return until September after pandemic restrictions extended

The Saskatchewan Hockey Association says it doesn't expect minor hockey seasons to resume until at least September after pandemic restrictions were extended this week.

The province extended public health restrictions until at least March 19 this week. No hockey games are permitted under the current guidelines. Players 18 years and younger can practise and train in groups of eight if they use masks and physically distance from others. Coaches aren't included in the eight-person count. 

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