The province is simultaneously lowering and raising the bar as they set new restrictions for licenced liquor establishments. 

After seeing an influx of exposures over the course of a month, bars and restaurants in the Winnipeg Metropolitan area will be facing new restrictions.

The province says licenced restaurants will be required to shorten their in-house dining hours.

Beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, new orders will take effect.

Between the hours of 10 p.m. and 9 a.m., liquor may not be sold. All licensed locations must clear guests of their dining rooms by 11 p.m. and dine-in service must half at 11 p.m. Takeout and delivery of food only will be permitted after 11 p.m.

Dine-in services may resume at six a.m. the next day.

The province says the above restrictions do not apply to liquor retail.

Additionally, all people attending licenced dining facilities regardless of if they purchase liquor will need to share contact information with restaurant staff. In writing, at least one person from the party will need to share their contact information for contact tracing. After 21 days, the restaurant must destroy the information.

Parties attending restaurants are asked to only attend with their households. Tables will seat a maximum of 10 people and be distanced.

The new restrictions only apply to the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region. None of the new restrictions apply to liquor retail.