Worries from some have been abounding that a new wave of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations could strike, though currently, case numbers are going down in the province.

Nevertheless, some federal authorities have been warning of a sixth wave, which could be pushed forward by the Ba.2 sublineage of the omicron virus.

That could mean, for some people in Canada, a return to old restrictions such as mask mandates.

Estevan MLA Lori Carr says that the Saskatchewan government has no plans to reinstall that mask mandate, preferring a personal responsibility approach.

"I think we'll continue to do what we're currently doing, is let people assess their own risk. We've made the rapid tests available so they can test themselves if they feel that they may be positive, and if they are then just encourage them to stay home, don't go out in public."

"Obviously if you're not comfortable going out but you're not sick, you still have the ability to wear a mask if you'd like."

One important part of maintaining the current rules for Carr is making sure businesses can operate knowing there'll be stability for regulations.

"Businesses should have that confidence that things would have to be in a very very dire state for anything to happen as far as restrictions go, but we don't foresee that happening. We want to keep be able those businesses open and everybody be able to go to work on a day-to-day basis."

Carr believes that even if there is a new wave, Saskatchewan will do well managing it.

"We keep an eye on all of the variants that come down align, but with the people that are already vaccinated out there we've got a pretty good percentage of our population that are double vaccinated," said Carr, "A portion of those are triple vaccinated, and with that saturation, we should be in a good position to take care of our overall health situation."