Second phase of Manitoba reopening to begin Saturday, includes gatherings inside – .

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Second phase of Manitoba reopening to begin Saturday, includes gatherings inside – .


WINNIPEG – The second round of Manitoba’s plan to reopen will begin this weekend.

Premier Brian Pallister and Dr Brent Roussin, provincial director of public health, announced the new round of reduced restrictions, which will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday.

New orders include:

  • Indoor gatherings in private residences with a maximum of five people, plus household members;
  • Indoor gatherings in public spaces with a maximum of 25 people;
  • Outdoor gatherings on private property will see the limit increase to 25 people;
  • Outdoor public gatherings will be increased to 150 people;
  • Retail businesses can have a capacity of 50 percent or 500 people;
  • Restaurants can now have their capacity at 50%. The number of people at the outside tables will remain at eight, while meals inside must be from the same household or all fully vaccinated. Restaurant opening hours may also extend until midnight and people will not be required to purchase food while drinking alcohol. ALVs can also be used with appropriate spacing;
  • Appointments are no longer necessary for personal services such as hairdressers;
  • The capacity of dance, theater and music schools is now 50 percent with a maximum of 25 people per group;
  • Day camps can now have groups of 25;
  • Outdoor recreation such as games and practices can be done with a group of 50 people and spectators do not count towards capacity;
  • Gyms and fitness centers can have a capacity of 50 percent. Masks and physical distancing are always de rigueur;
  • Outdoor weddings and funerals can have capacity limits of 150 people, while indoor events can have 25 people;
  • Libraries can open at 50% of their capacity with a maximum of 150 people;
  • Faith-based gatherings can take place at 50% capacity or with 150 people inside, but masks and physical distancing are required between households;
  • Fully immunized Manitobans can now visit movie theaters, bingo halls, VLT lounges and casinos, museums and galleries; and
  • Professional outdoor sporting events can operate at 100% capacity after an event plan approved in consultation with public health.

These orders will be in effect until August 7, 2021.

The latest round of public health orders came earlier than the original August 2 date suggested by the province as part of its plan to reopen.

The third reopening phase is expected to take place over the Labor Day long weekend as long as 80 percent of eligible Manitobans receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 75 percent receive their second dose.

As of Wednesday, 76.7 percent of eligible Manitobans received their first dose and 58.5 percent received their second dose.

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