Important additional restrictions on striking Manitoba
The province announced significant new restrictions in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Provincial director of public health Dr Brent Roussin said new strict public health orders to shut down restaurants, bars, patios, gymnasiums, fitness centers, museums and camps day, as well as restricting retail capacity, will come into effect Sunday.
“Despite some of the toughest public health restrictions and enforcement measures in the country, the number of COVID cases in Manitoba continues to rise, and this is of concern to all of us,” Premier Brian Pallister said. “All Manitobans must continue to do their part to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community. We recognize that the next few weeks will be difficult, but these additional measures are needed to stop the spread of this deadly virus and protect Manitobans and our health care system.
The following additional public health restrictions will be in effect on Sunday, May 9 at 12:01 a.m. for a period of three weeks:
- outdoor gatherings that include people from more than one household are limited to a maximum of five people;
- restaurants, bars and patios will close in-person meals, but will still be able to offer take-out and delivery services;
- gymnasiums and fitness centers will close;
- casinos will remain closed and VLTs will close;
- museums, galleries and libraries will close;
- indoor community, cultural and religious gatherings are prohibited;
- personal services such as beauticians, barbers, salons and tanning salons will be closed;
- indoor sports and recreation, including extracurricular activities, will be closed;
- outdoor sports and recreational activities will have a maximum of five participants and organized team games will not be permitted;
- dance, theater and music schools will close;
- day camps will close;
- retail stores, markets and garden centers will be able to open at a capacity of 10 percent, up to a maximum of 100 people, and shopping centers will be open to a maximum of 10 percent of the capacity of the establishment; and
- mutual aid meetings will have a maximum of 10 participants.
“Right now the number of cases is far too high and the pressure on our health care system is increasing rapidly,” says Dr Roussin. “I urge all Manitobans to do whatever they can to reduce the transmission of the virus – follow orders, stay home as much as possible, reduce the number of contacts you have and wear masks when you are with them. people outside your household.
Dr Roussin notes that the announcement earlier today to expand vaccine eligibility to all adults 40 years of age or older will help reduce the risk to Manitobans.
“In May, the Vaccine Implementation Task Force expects to deliver over 300,000 doses of vaccine to Manitobans,” says Dr. Roussin. “Make an appointment as soon as possible, as eligibility will continue to expand in the coming weeks to help protect more people as soon as possible.”
Changes to orders will be in effect until Sunday, May 30.
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.