WINNIPEG — The province of Manitoba moved to the Critical level (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System on November 11 in an effort to halt COVID-19 transmission.
“We are at a critical point in our fight against COVID-19 and we must do everything we can to protect our most vulnerable Manitobans and ensure our healthcare system is there for Manitobans, when they need it,” says Premier Brian Pallister. “This is a team effort and we all have a role to play in protecting ourselves, our loved ones and our community. By taking these measures seriously, we are going to save lives.”
The new restrictions in effect include:
• social contacts reduced to households only
• restriction of travel to and from northern Manitoba, with non-essential travel discouraged
• retail businesses listed as critical services, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, can remain open at 25-per-cent capacity
• retail businesses not on the list are able to provide e-service, curbside pickup or delivery services
• all personal-service businesses, including hair salons, barbers and sites offering manicures, pedicures and other esthetic services, must close
• gyms and fitness centres must close
• religious and cultural gatherings must close or be provided virtually only
• restaurants must close to the public and may be open for delivery, drive-thru or takeout only
• all recreational activities, sports facilities, casinos, museums, galleries, libraries, movie theatres and concert halls must close
These province-wide restrictions follow Winnipeg moving to red-level restrictions on November 2.
“We have taken steps in individual regions, but it’s time to take a more drastic approach to halt the rising case number and wide-spread community transmission of this deadly virus,” says Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public-health officer. “I cannot stress enough to all Manitobans — now is the time to stay home and reduce your close contacts.”