Restaurants may reopen completely in Manitoba, with some changes, starting on Sunday

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Manitoba restaurants will be allowed to operate at full capacity starting on Sunday, provided the tables are separated by two meters or a physical barrier.Relaxed restrictions will apply to patios and indoor spaces, as well as bars, drink rooms, pubs, microbreweries and distilleries, Prime Minister Brian Pallister said at a press conference Wednesday announcing phase 3 of the plan reopening of the province, which will take effect on Sunday.

Restoration people have told government that the 75% capacity limit proposed in the draft Manitoba plan last week would not be enough and there were other ways to maintain physical distance, said Pallister, as he announced the latest relaxation in measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“The consensus, certainly, in the industry was that they could continue to keep their customers safe,” he said.

“Now they can accommodate a few more customers, which is good for their business and good for Manitobans who want to support them.”

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Premier Brian Pallister announced Wednesday that Phase 3 of Manitoba’s reopening plan will begin on June 21. 31:36

Standing service will still not be allowed and the dance floors will remain closed for the time being.

Manitoba will also double its limits on rallies – including religious rallies and other cultural gatherings – starting on Sunday, for a maximum of 50 people inside and 100 outside.

However, larger gatherings are allowed provided that those present can be distributed in different rooms or in separate groups and well spaced at most 50 (inside) or 100 (outside) which are not not mix.

In this case, the gatherings can represent up to 30% of the usual capacity of the site.

The province will also abandon its mandatory two-week self-isolation period for travelers from western Canada, the territories and northwestern Ontario (west of Terrace Bay) to Manitoba, as long as they have no known symptoms or exposure to COVID. -19.

Starting on Sunday, people arriving in Manitoba from western Canada, the territories and Ontario west of Terrace Bay will not have to isolate themselves for two weeks until they show up. no known symptoms or exposure to COVID-19. (CBC)

Pallister said Manitoba is one of the last two provinces to maintain mandatory two-week isolation for western Canadian travelers.

“We think it’s worth a try,” he said.

Relaxation of self-isolation requirements

Anyone arriving in Manitoba from these regions will be allowed to travel directly to parks, campgrounds, cottages, cottages and resorts north of the 53rd parallel from the province.

Manitoba is also abandoning its two-week isolation period for those affiliated with professional sports teams or film production, as long as they have no symptoms and isolate themselves 14 days before their arrival.

For sports teams, the relaxed rules will apply to players, coaches, managers, trainers and medical staff. They will be allowed to enter the team premises for training or practice, as long as no member of the public is allowed to enter.

The plan says health officials may also consider allowing the media to visit the facilities “for broadcast purposes” until the public is allowed to enter.

Child care centers will be able to resume at full capacity, day camps will accommodate 50 children, and schools will begin planning for the fall as part of the next phase of Manitoba’s reopening plan. (Trevor Brine / CBC)

For film production, the change will apply to everyone affiliated with the production, including cast and crew.

These self-isolation exemptions will only apply to those from Canada. People coming from outside the country for any reason should always follow federal quarantine rules.

The Phase 3 plan indicates that the province will consider lifting the self-isolation requirements for other industries on a case-by-case basis, and “where sectors propose and provide satisfactory plans to meet the public health requirements for necessary travel ”.

It also allows daycares to resume activities at regular capacity and day camps to increase capacity to 50.

While full classroom learning will remain suspended for the remainder of this school year, kindergarten to grade 12 schools are encouraged to actively plan for a recovery this fall.

Summer school and day camp programs will also be allowed in phase 3. Night camps are still pending at this time.

Casinos and theaters remain closed for now

Post-secondary schools can also plan this hands-on learning and research this fall, including in-person labs, studio work, trades education and internships. These schools will be allowed to reopen with strategies such as more video learning to reduce class sizes and allow for physical distance, but these decisions will be made by schools “based on their unique configuration and plans”, by province.

Premier Brian Pallister announced that Manitoba will ease restrictions on self-isolation for certain interprovincial travelers and let restaurants open at full capacity starting Sunday as part of Phase 3 of the province’s reopening plan. (Justin Tang / The Canadian Press)

Seniors’ centers and clubs should consider limiting the size of their indoor group to 25 people, or one person per 10 square meters, whichever is less.

Occupation limits for health professions, including registered massage therapists, will also be lifted (although they will need to maintain measures to ensure that physical distance is possible).

Golfers will be entitled to four people per group and two per golf cart, while fishermen and boaters will be entitled to two people per small fishing boat or pleasure craft. If people are from the same household, these people and one additional person may be allowed, depending on the plan.

Indoor leisure centers – including all sites with VLT lounges, bingo halls, billiard rooms and other indoor leisure centers – and permanent outdoor leisure parks will be allowed to operate at half their normal capacity, with new rules for removal and sanitation.

Starting Sunday, golfers will be allowed four people per group and two per golf cart as Manitoba begins the third phase of its reopening plan. (PAPA WOR / Shutterstock)

Pallister said it is always important to be careful and practice physical distance as part of the reopening of the economy.

“We are seeing everywhere in the world what is happening in other jurisdictions where there has been a rush to try to return to a normal that may not have existed for some time,” he said.

After Phase 3 begins on Sunday, the province will develop a rapid response system to guide future decisions regarding reopening, according to the plan.

If the data confirms this, Manitoba will consider reopening other sectors of the economy, including personal services such as tattoo parlors, beauticians, theaters and casinos.

The province may also consider further relaxing travel restrictions for people from other low-risk areas and easing restrictions on visits to personal care homes.

Manitoba reported two new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the province’s total since the pandemic started three months ago to 306.

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