The province of Ontario announced Monday that they will be allowing non-essential travel into the province once again later this week, but how will Manitoba's own restrictions affect you when you return home?
Dr. Roussin says that for the most part, people will need to self-isolate for 14-days upon returning to the province, but there is good news for cottage owners and essential workers.
"The only change right now to our travel isolation rules was the one we've already implemented. So if you're fully vaccinated in two weeks, you will not need to isolate upon your return," Roussin said at a press conference on Monday when asked if Manitoba would make any changes to current travel restrictions given Ontario's news.
"The other restrictions that are related to neighbouring communities and people travelling to their own property will remain in place," Roussin says.
The current health orders regarding travel state that Manitobans who regularly travel outside the province to areas close to the border for work, to attend an educational institution, access health services, attend to their property or business, or travel for other essential reasons do not need to self-isolate so long as they:
- Are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.
- Restrict their travel to the minimum required for the purpose of their visit,
- Limit their use of local services to the minimum required given the circumstances of their visit, and
- Comply with all applicable rules in the jurisdiction in question that are intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as requirements on mask use and restrictions on gatherings.
Dr. Roussin says there are no current plans to alter the travel restrictions. That means people that wanted to go camping or visit others in Ontario would need to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return.
Ontario will lift its restrictions at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, June 16.