“Thanks to the remarkable efforts of Manitobans, we are now in a position to reopen more, earlier, as we have achieved our highest vaccination rates to date,” Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said in a statement. .
Manitoba’s new ordinances, which come into effect Aug. 7, will allow gyms, libraries, personal services like nail salons, day camps and retail businesses to operate without any restrictions, the statement said. Indoor and outdoor home gatherings will also have no restrictions.
“We are slowly but surely approaching a post-pandemic Manitoba, but that doesn’t mean COVID-19 is going to go away. We must remain cautious and vigilant in our efforts to stop the spread of this virus, ”Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba chief provincial public health officer, said in a statement.
At a press conference, Roussin said some sectors – including the most risky transmission environments – would continue to see some restrictions.
Restaurants and bars will no longer have to restrict the size and space between tables and meals will no longer be limited to members of the same household or to those vaccinated. But people will have to avoid congregating between tables, according to the press release.
Indoor and outdoor sports will reopen with spectator capacity limits, while casinos, professional sporting events and concert halls will be able to expand to 100% of their capacity but will continue to be limited to those vaccinated .
Museums, galleries and cinemas will remain limited to 50% of their capacity but will no longer be reserved for vaccinated people.
Roussin said public health recommendations and advice rather than restrictions will continue to play an increasing role in the fight against the pandemic.
“We have to learn to live with Covid,” Roussin said. “We need to take these public health recommendations to heart and make sure that we reduce all risks to ourselves and to the people around us and to other Manitobans. “
The new public health orders will expire on September 7 and will be reassessed at that time based on vaccination rates and the Covid-19 situation in the province, officials said.
“We are very close to reaching this final stage of our path of reopening and reopening completely and completely,” said Pallister. “We need everyone on ‘Team Manitoba’ for that home stretch. Get vaccinated – not once, but twice – and follow public health orders and advice designed to reduce and maintain our COVID curve. “