The new ordinances, which go into effect on Saturday morning, will also allow groups of up to five people to congregate indoors in private residences with the owners, regardless of their vaccination status.
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“We are taking another step today, good news, towards a reopened Manitoba,” Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said at a press conference Wednesday.
“It’s a positive step today. “
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As part of a reopening plan announced last month, health officials said they would consider gradually easing restrictions if certain vaccination milestones were reached over the summer, provided the Daily case numbers and hospitalization rates have also declined.
The first milestone – 70% of Manitobans aged 12 and over having their first dose and 25% having their second – was reached ahead of the July 1 target, and the province eased some restrictions late last month.
Since then, the second milestone, with 75 percent of eligible Manitobans having their first dose and 50 percent having their second, has also been hit ahead of the targeted August long weekend.
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Pallister said on Wednesday that this means loosening restrictions can also come early.
“Thanks to the incredible efforts of the Manitoba vaccination team and the willingness of Manitobans to roll up their sleeves – not once, but twice – we are able to move ahead sooner than expected with fewer restrictions. on our economy and our communities, ”he said.
Under the new ordinances, indoor gatherings in public spaces are limited to 25 people, while the size of outdoor gatherings on private property extends to 25 people. Outdoor public gatherings – including weddings and funerals – are also increasing to a maximum of 150 people.
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Capacity limits for indoor weddings and funerals are increased to 25 people as well as photographers and officiants.
The capacity of many retail businesses will increase to 50%, or 500 people, and restaurants, licensed establishments and food courts will increase to 50%.
Restaurant patrons may only sit together indoors if they are from the same household or if all 12 years and older are fully immunized. The maximum outdoor table size remains at eight, but opening hours will be extended until midnight and the requirement to purchase food when ordering alcohol is waived.
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Religious and cultural gatherings can reach 50% of their capacity, or 150 people, indoors with masks and social distancing required between households.
Cinemas, bingo halls, VLT lounges and casinos, as well as museums and galleries, will be allowed to open at 50% of their capacity, but only those that have been fully vaccinated will be allowed.
Children under 12, who cannot yet be vaccinated, will also be allowed, provided they are with a fully vaccinated member of their household.
Dr Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health officer, said an upcoming Winnipeg Blue Bombers CFL game will be able to fully fill the stands with fully vaccinated fans.
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Roussin said the use of an indoor mask and physical distancing will still be required under the latest health orders, which he says will be reassessed on August 7.
“More and more vaccinations allow us to relax public health restrictions,” Roussin said.
“But COVID-19 is still circulating in the province and continues to test our hospital and intensive care capacity, a gradual reopening is a safe reopening.”
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Current health ordinances ban most social gatherings indoors and require museums, theaters and casinos to remain closed.
Restaurants and bars are limited to 25% of their capacity indoors and 50% on terraces. Hairdressers, gymnasiums and indoor sports have been allowed to resume operations, but with capacity restrictions. Hair and nail salons, as well as hair salons, are available by appointment only.
Under the new orders, hair and nail salons, as well as hair salons have remained capped at 50% of their capacity, but appointments are no longer necessary.
As part of the province’s three-stage reopening plan, officials previously said openings would increase to 50% capacity and collection size limits would be increased again if the second milestone was reached by the long way. August weekend.
In the latest round of reopening, the province will fully open up businesses, services and facilities, with some restrictions if 80% of the eligible population received one injection and 75% received two before Labor Day, said officials.
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As of Wednesday, 76.7 percent of eligible Manitobans received one shot of the vaccine and 58.5 percent received two doses, according to a provincial immunization tracking website.
Manitoba reported 53 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths on Wednesday.
–With files from The Canadian Press
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