The first weekend of tough new public health restrictions is behind us. We made it. Just a few more weekends to go, and Christmas coming fast. Thankfully, for people who don't have access to credit cards, and others who simply want to get a gift card for a birthday or Christmas, a change in the rules. The health order still forbids you from having any visitors inside your home, and prohibit in-person sales of non-essential products and services, but just after midnight Sunday, Manitobans were quietly allowed to buy the new items deemed essential, the province announced Saturday afternoon. These restrictions will remain in place until at least Dec. 11.