Coronavirus: Manitoba rally size to increase starting Friday, officials say – Winnipeg

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Manitobans can meet in larger groups starting this Friday, May 22.

The Chief Public Health Officer of Manitoba says groups of up to 25 people can meet indoors and groups of 50 people can meet outdoors.

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Prime Minister Brian Pallister said Wednesday that more information about the start of Phase 2 of the reopening will arrive on Thursday.

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In addition, those who have relatives in personal care homes will soon be able to visit in a limited outdoor setting starting on Friday, May 29.

“Now that the weather is warmer, we have the opportunity to provide increased visitor access to residents of nursing homes, and this will be done through outdoor visits,” said Lanette Siragusa of Shared Health.

Visitors will be screened and a manual hygeine and physical distance will be in effect, she added.

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During the long weekend, a new case of COVID-19 coronavirus was identified. On Tuesday, Manitoba’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Brent Roussin, said that due to the small number of cases, the province may be able to relax the restrictions sooner than expected.

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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you should know:

Symptoms may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing – very similar to a cold or the flu. Some people may develop a more serious illness. Those most at risk are the elderly and those with serious chronic conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend washing your hands frequently and coughing up your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying at home as much as possible, and keeping two meters away from others if you go out.

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