Manitoba announced on Thursday, May 27, 2021, that strengthened public health orders will continue until June 12.
Under the orders no gatherings in private or public settings are permitted with anyone outside the same household this includes in private residences, parks, playgrounds, recreation areas, golf courses and campgrounds.
Requirements for employers to allow employees to work from home as much as possible
Retail stores are limited to 10% capacity or 100 people which ever is less. Only one person per household is permitted in a business at any given time with a few exceptions for caregivers and single parents.
Malls have increased requirements to manage capacity and access to eliminate gatherings and ensure compliance with shopping.
Certain businesses will remain closed for in-person service including gyms and fitness clubs, restaurants and bars, personal service businesses, museums, galleries and libraries.
“Manitobans must stay home as much as possible for the next two weeks so our hospitals and our medical teams have the capacity to care for Manitobans when they need it,” said Premier Brian Pallister. “These measures, which are the most stringent public health orders in the country, are necessary to protect and safeguard Manitoba lives. We need the full participation of all Manitobans for these strict public health measures to work so we can bend our COVID curve back down and get back to doing some of the things we love and miss.”
The chief provincial public health officer has the ability to close a business un health-hazard orders if necessary where multiple cases and transmission is a risk.
“We are implementing these new, strengthened public health orders because our health system is facing critical pressures that are not sustainable. Manitoba’s ICU numbers and hospitalizations are extremely high and are still expected to climb in this third wave,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer.
Schools in Brandon, Winnipeg and in the Red River Valley and Garden Valley school divisions will continue with remote learning until June 7. Schools in Dauphin will continue with remote learning until June 9.
The extended orders come into force at 12:01 am Saturday May 29, 2021.
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