Need to Know: Covid Exposures, WHL Return date, and good-bye late fees


Western Hockey League Announces Opening Date for 2020-21 Regular Season

The Western Hockey League Board of Governors announced today the WHL Regular Season is scheduled to open on Friday, January 8, 2021.

The WHL continues to work with each of the Governments and Health Authorities in the Provinces and States in Western Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest, respectively, on obtaining the necessary approvals to commence play. Details regarding the schedule of games in each of the four WHL Divisions will be announced at a later date.

The WHL has agreed that all Regular Season games during the 2020-21 season will be played exclusively within the boundaries of each of the four Divisions, with the East Division consisting of the seven Saskatchewan and Manitoba-based teams; the Central Division consisting of the five Alberta-based teams; the B.C. Division consisting of the five B.C.-based teams; and the U.S. Division consisting of the five teams located in Washington and Oregon.

All WHL players will be reporting to their respective WHL Clubs following the Christmas break where they will begin training in preparation for the opening of the WHL Regular Season on January 8.


Regina Public Library to stop charging overdue fines

Beginning January 1, 2021, Regina Public Library will no longer charge fees for overdue books and other library materials.

RPL has been waiving late fees since its branches closed in March and has extended this amnesty to the end of the year. Prior to the COVID closures, customer access to library services was cut off if they incurred $10 or more in library fees.

Removing fines will not remove the accountability to return library materials. Due dates will remain in place, and customers who do not return library materials after 30 days will be charged replacement fees and/or have their membership suspended until items are returned.


Potential COVID-19 exposure at businesses in Regina

Saskatchewan Health Authority is notifying the public of potential exposure to COVID-19 at the following businesses where a person or persons attended while likely infectious:


  • October 6 - Regina International Airport, flight from Toronto to Regina – Air Canada Flight 7947, and baggage claim area from 22:30 – 23:00
  • October 8 – Mr. Mike’s Steakhouse, 4651 Gordon Road from 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Regina Public Schools Tweeted the following “On the Evening of October 14th, the Saskatchewan Health Authority informed Regina Public Schools that there were two student cases of COVID-19 at Ethel Milliken School. The cases were in two different classrooms.”

The school has been cleaned and disinfected and will be open for all other students on Thursday, the division said.

Any students and staff considered close contacts of the infected students will be contacted by the SHA.