Premier Brian Pallister and the province’s chief public health officer Dr Brent Roussin announced health changes at a press conference on Wednesday. Manitoba was hit late but hard by the third wave of the pandemic, which overwhelmed hospitals and forced the province to send dozens of critically ill patients to other provinces for care. Capacity limits for retail businesses will be 25%, up to 250 people, with no restriction on the number of household members allowed to shop together.
Restaurants and bars can open at 25% of their capacity indoors and 50% outdoors. People from different households can dine together indoors, but only if they are all fully immune.
Outdoor meals are limited to eight people per table, but they can belong to different households, regardless of their immunization status.
Personal services such as hair salons and barbers can open at 50% capacity, by appointment.
Larger outdoor gatherings
The size of outdoor gatherings on private property doubles to 10 people, and the size of outdoor public gatherings increases to 25.
The reopening plan provides for a number of increased freedoms for fully vaccinated people.
In addition to being able to dine indoors with members of different households and visit relatives in personal care homes and hospitals, fully vaccinated people will be able to attend large-scale outdoor sporting and artistic events. approved by Manitoba Public Health.
The provincial government has said it will work with sports and arts organizations on ways to determine people’s immunization status.
Residents of personal care homes and community living facilities who are fully immunized will be able to participate in social or community activities.
The province already announced earlier this month that Manitobans who are fully vaccinated can travel to Canada without having to self-isolate upon return.
Faith services and community gatherings such as powwows can resume indoors at 25% capacity, up to a maximum of 25 people, with masks worn at all times. Outdoor services can resume with up to 50 people, as long as there is a distance between households.
The capacity limit for outdoor weddings and funerals is increased to 25 participants, in addition to a photographer and officiants. Indoor weddings and funerals are capped at 10 people.
Leisure activities, sports, dance, music and theater lessons can reopen indoors at 25% capacity, with up to five people. Outdoor activities and classes can reopen for up to 25 people. No tournament is allowed.
Summer day camps can accommodate up to 20 people in a group.
Swimming pools and wading pools, indoor and outdoor, can open to 25 percent of their capacity.
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Manitobans will learn on Wednesday what changes the provincial government plans to make to health orders in the event of a pandemic.
Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health officer, have scheduled a press conference at 11 a.m. CT to discuss the next steps in what they call the “4- way to reopen” 3-2-One Great Summer ”.
CBC News will broadcast the press conference live on our website, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and Gem.
Current health orders expire on Saturday June 26.
Earlier this month, the province outlined its reopening plan, which set targets to achieve certain immunization levels by certain dates. The first goal of having 70 percent of eligible Manitobans aged 12 and over with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 25 percent with two doses, by July 1 has already been met.
Under the plan, this would allow businesses, departments and facilities to open at 25% capacity or above.
If at least 75 percent received a first dose and 50 percent received a second dose before the Terry Fox Run long weekend in August, the capacity increases to 50 percent.
As of Tuesday, 71.4% of Manitobans 12 and over had received a first dose and 26.9% had received two.
Daily cases of COVID-19 have fallen to their lowest level in months. The province reported 69 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the lowest since April 4.