Start of the new school year, reopening of the pool and gymnasium possible in phase 2 of Manitoba but no date yet

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Manitoba’s draft plan for the next phase of reopening includes an early start to the next school year, access to swimming pools and gymnasiums and direct trips to cottages, campgrounds and parks north of the 53rd parallel , Prime Minister Brian Pallister announced on Thursday.

There are currently no firm dates when the new measures will come into effect, with the exception of relaxed restrictions on public gatherings and professional sports.

The increases to the size of public gatherings announced on Wednesday will take effect on Friday, increasing the maximum size to 25 people inside and 50 people outside.

Professional sports may resume certain activities on the same date.

The draft plan revealed on Thursday includes a proposal to start the 2020-21 school year on August 31 and to reallocate some non-teaching days during the school year, said the Prime Minister.

Further details on the timing of the other measures will be announced “at some point in the coming days,” said Pallister.

Other measures described in the draft plan include increasing the size of daycare groups and day camps to a maximum of 24 children, resuming sports activities for children and adults, and reopening bars, beverage rooms, micro-brewers and businesses similar to 50% of the site indoor and outdoor capacity.

These are in addition to the measures previously announced for phase 2, including plans to reopen manicures and pedicures, film production and indoor dining spaces at 50% capacity.

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Premier of Manitoba Brian Pallister will update the public on the province’s latest COVID-19 measurements at 11 a.m.

The Premier is expected to announce details of the next phase of the province’s economic stimulus package, which officials say may move ahead of the original June 1 target date.

The announcement will be broadcast live here, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and CBC Gem.

Pallister did not release specific schedule information or other details for the phase 2 plan beyond what was announced when defining phase 1 in late April.

The roadmap document released in April indicates that Phase 2 could include the reopening of indoor dining spaces, film production, manicure and pedicure services, and contactless sports for children.

Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health administrator, announced on Wednesday that the size limits for public gatherings will increase later this week.

From Friday, indoor gatherings will be limited to 25 people and outdoor gatherings will be limited to 50.

Manitoba had a new case of COVID-19 in one week. The total number of cases in the province is 290, with 23 active cases.


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