Need to Know: Body Rub Establishments, Labour Day hours, & Covid apps.

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Regina city council voted yesterday to licence and see tougher enforcement for body rub establishments in the city.

The 8-3 vote came after lengthy debate, with the majority of residents at city council speaking against the licencing.

The changes mean establishments will be required to obtain licences at a cost of $1,200 annually. Workers will also be required to obtain a licence.

Establishment owners will go through criminal record checks, and staff and workers would have to partake in education sessions.

Workers must attend education sessions yearly, learning about safety, sexual health and ways to identify human trafficking.

The parlours are only allowed in heavy and light industrial zones in the city.

As well, there can be no locks on doors in body rub parlours. Workers must also have access to a panic button in massage rooms.

Two workers would be required to work in the building at all times, and advertising and signage must include the licence number of the facility.

If owners and operators break rules, their licences can be revoked, and they could face steeper fines should they operate illegally.

 

What’s open for Labour Day

  • Landfill & Yard Waste Depot will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m
  • Garbage collection and recycling will be picked up as usual
  • Regina transit service will be using Sunday routes and schedules
  • Paratransit services will be operating on the holiday schedule from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Both the North West Leisure Centre and the Sandra Schmirler Leisure Centre will be open from 12 p.m to 6 p.m.
  • Regent Outdoor Pool is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Lawson Aquatic Centre and the Strength & Condition Centre will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pre-registration is recommended at all leisure centres online or by contacting 306-777-7529.
  • What’s closed 
    • Banks
    • Government offices
    • Parking metres will not be in effect
    • Regina Sportplex Field House will be closed
    • Service Regina will also be closed on Monday. For urgent situations residents can contact 306-777-7000

 

Saskatchewan residents can expect to soon have access to the federal government's COVID-19 "Alert" app.

Only Ontario has access to the software, which allows users to disclose a positive COVID-19 test and alerts anyone who has come close to that person via Bluetooth tracking.

During yesterday’s live COVID-19 update, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said the province is working closely with the federal government to determine when the app will become available in Saskatchewan and under what conditions.

The app's success hinges on widespread use, but only about 2.2 million downloaded COVID Alert in its first month, according to Health Canada data provided to CTV News.