The opposition NDP is calling on the provincial government to release more data to justify lifting public health restrictions.
Premier Scott Moe announced on Tuesday that the proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test restrictions would be lifted on Monday, Feb. 14, and all public health orders will be lifted by the end of February.
Opposition leader Ryan Meili stopped short of saying that the health orders shouldn’t be lifted, but said the provincial government and the premier haven’t released enough information to make an informed decision.
“Decisions like this should be guided by science. When will those public health protections no longer be required to protect our public health system to reduce avoidable deaths? We simply don't know because Scott Moe won't tell us,” Meili explained.
Moe has said during press conferences that residents need to make their own risk assessments. However, Meili said the premier isn’t giving the residents the tools to make proper assessments. Beginning this week, COVID-19 statistics are being reported weekly instead of on a daily basis.
“Right now, he's saying he's giving us a road map, but he's actually asking people to drive blind. He's telling people to make personal risk assessments while giving them less information about what that risk would be,” Meili said.
Meanwhile, Meili pointed to Moe’s track record when it came to loosening and removing restrictions. Meili said Moe is the first to lift restrictions and the last to implement them.
Meili used the example of about a year ago when the provincial government loosened restrictions during the Alpha variant, which eventually resulted in Regina going into a lockdown.
Then last summer, Meili pointed to the premier removing all public health restrictions which ended up having to be reinstated after hospitalizations began to rise.