“It’s real 100 yards for people waiting in a parking lot for treatment at the hospital within a third of a mile from where you rally,” he said, referring to developments at the Bethesda Regional Health Center in Steinbach.
“COVID is real. COVID kills people so you don’t have to believe in COVID, but COVID believes in you and COVID is going to find you if you’re not careful. “
More than 100 people gathered in the southeastern city on Saturday to protest the current public health measures.
That’s 20 times the current cap of five people at any gathering in the province.
Although the event began peacefully, those present began to verbally insult the provincial enforcement officers who tried to coerce the participants as the rally came to a close.
After the RCMP officers left to help control traffic, those present at the demonstration started honking their horns and yelling profanity at provincial police officers.
On Sunday, the province could not say how many fines had been imposed on protesters, although La Broquerie Reeve Lewis Weiss received a bill of just under $ 1,300.
But on Monday, Pallister promised consequences would be coming for those who participated.
“I would say that to stand up for the people who were doing their jobs, trying to help regulate and enforce this, it was a pretty dangerous situation,” he said.
He said all Manitobans have a personal responsibility to limit the transmission of COVID-19 and stay home, where they could perhaps take a page from the Bible.
“We have rights. We also have responsibilities, and I would tell the people who were there that there is a book that I have a lot of time for, and one of the things that I always hold high in that book is a line that says ” You won’t kill, ”he said.
“Maybe you could think about it a bit when you consider the dangers COVID currently poses to true Manitobans due to behavior like yours. Think about that, if you want to.
Pallister’s comments come on the same day that health officials announced 10 more deaths and 392 cases, and warned that the province’s entire healthcare system would soon be in distress if this current trajectory does not change.