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Manitoba government tightening restrictions to help stop the spread of COVID-19

By: Brayden Hnatiuk
Posted: November 19, 2020 13:23

New public health orders to come into effect November 20

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The province has updated public health orders that will come into effect Friday November 20, in an effort to further limit residential gatherings and retail operations, to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Premier Brian Pallister says despite the health orders put in place last week too many Manitobans are gathering or shopping for non-essential purposes, "We are now at a point where even tighter restrictions are needed to significantly limit social contact in order to protect one another." 

The updated orders will further restrict gatherings at private residences, including a home, cottage or other vacation property, with some exceptions to allow child-care, health-care and home care services, tutoring services, construction or repairs, or to respond to emergencies. In addition, exceptions will be made for those who live on their own to have one other person visit their home. 
In addition, people are prohibited from assembling in a gathering of more than five people at any indoor or outdoor public place including the common areas of a multi-unit residence, with the exception of a health-care facility or critical business that adheres to health protection measures. These measures are intended to allow for weddings, funerals and baptisms to take place with a capacity limit of five people. The province also recognizes the significant physical and mental health benefits from outdoor activities. 
A retail business may open but may only sell only essential items in person, and must ensure compliance with capacity limits (25 per cent the usual capacity of the premise or 250 people, whichever is lower) and implement measures to ensure physical distancing. Retailers can continue to sell essential or non-essential items online, by telephone or by remote means for delivery or curb-side pickup. A list of essential and non-essential items are set out in the orders and in the backgrounder attached. 

More information can be found on the link below.

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