Manitoba has made changes to provincial public health orders concerning COVID-19 as the province moves into the restricted level (Orange) of the Pandemic Response System.
Due to rising COVID-19 case numbers as the fourth wave begins to take hold in the province more restrictions are being added to those who are eligible to be vaccinated but have not been fully vaccinated.
Beginning Tuesday, October 5, 2021, indoor private gatherings are limited to one other household when any unvaccinated person who is eligible to be vaccinated is present on the property even if the unvaccinated person lives at that location. Outdoor private gatherings for households are limited to 10 guests when any unvaccinated person who is eligible to be vaccinated is present even if that person lives at that location.
Indoor public gatherings are limited to 25 people or 25 per cent capacity, whichever is lower, for any gathering that included unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated. This restriction includes weddings and funerals.
Indoor public faith-based gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated is limited to 25 people or 33 per cent capacity.
Anyone who is fully vaccinated and those under 12 who are not eligible to receive vaccine can gather without capacity limits.
Controlled or gated events where proof of vaccination is required will continue to be permitted.
The new orders will also reduce all outdoor public gatherings to 50 people. Retail businesses in the Southern Health Region will be reduced to 50 per cent capacity to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
“There are nearly 400,000 people who are not immunized in Manitoba and they are at a high risk of infection. If you want to keep children in schools and ensure medical procedures people need are not postponed, please get vaccinated now,” said Health and Seniors Care Minister Audrey Gordon.
The province said that in the past week admissions to hospitals related to COVID-19 has increased by 26 per cent and admission to ICUs increased by 17 per cent.
Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer note that if admissions to hospitals continues to climb other medical care in hospitals will have to be reduced or stopped in order to ensure sufficient ICU capacity.
“Our data shows that vaccination works, as the vast majority of hospitalizations and ICU admissions are in people who are unvaccinated,” said Roussin. “But nearly 400,000 Manitobans are either unable or unwilling to get vaccinated and our health-care system remains at risk from the delta variant of COVID-19 with case numbers and hospitalizations rising. Today’s announcements are the consequences of that reality.”
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