Manitoba Releases Interim Second Reopening Plan


Premier Brian Pallister has announced that the province is releasing the draft plan for the second phase of reopening.

He made the announcement Thursday morning in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly.

June 1 was the suggested guideline for starting the second phase, but the Premier said it would depend on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Manitoba and new cases before the date.

As part of the second phase, the province is examining the limited reopening of schools to allow for tutoring days such as individual learning, assessment and specific programs.

The premier also noted that the province plans to start the next school on August 31, 2020, to ensure that students can move into the new year. He also said that some non-teaching days could be reassigned throughout the year.

Pallister believes that the proposed plan will be well received by teachers.

“Over the next few weeks, they will have the opportunity because they know that some of their students may not have adopted the new adaptation as successfully as others,” said Pallister. “They will be able to devote part of their time to the challenges of catching up with student aid, which would particularly benefit from one-on-one advice, certain private lessons or small groups. “

Other parts of the draft plan include increasing the number of day care centers and day camp groups to 24.

Sports activities could resume for children and adults, and occupancy limits are lifted for outdoor recreation facilities and golf courses, as long as physical distance is maintained.

However, concerts, festivals and major sporting events will not be taken into account until September 2020.

Pallister said travel in northern parks and campgrounds will be allowed while maintaining physical distance.

Pools, spas, fitness clubs, gymnasiums and community centers may reopen but there will be limitations in place.

Religious and other organizations, including drive-ins, can organize outdoor services without restrictions for people as long as they stay in their vehicle.

Manicures, pedicures, tattoo parlors, beauticians, cosmetologists, electrologists and tanning salons will be allowed to operate at 50% of their capacity.

Bars and restaurants will be allowed to open indoor spaces at 50% of their capacity and the terrace service will also be able to operate at 50%.

Cinematographic productions may resume as long as physical distancing measures are in place.

Even though the province has released the draft of the second phase, Pallister said Manitobans can’t get complacent.

“We do not want a COVID return and our number one priority during this unprecedented global pandemic has been to keep you and your loved ones safe and to ensure a healthy Manitoba, not just today, but also for the future, ”said Pallister.

Pallister said the province and health officials will review what will happen in the next few days before phase two takes effect.

“As we did with phase one and other announcements, other decisions we have made, we want to give Manitobans an opportunity to take a look at the draft plans, give us their point also by sight, “he said.

Regarding plans for phase three, Pallister said the province would only consider them once Manitoba enters phase two.

The draft plan can be viewed below.


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