Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says he will not impose additional measures to try to limit the spread of COVID-19 despite the province bracing for increased pressure on health care due to the Omicron variant.

“Lockdown policies can cause harm in our communities often with little or virtually no benefit,” Moe said during a briefing Wednesday.

He added that he’s not criticizing other provinces, but said Saskatchewan will take a different approach.

“(Lockdowns) cause economic harm by taking away jobs and removing family livelihoods. They have psychological harm by taking away social contact, most particularly for our youth, and they’re an infringement on the rights and freedoms that we have come to enjoy and value as Canadians,” Moe said.