There will be some changes to the proposed public health orders, set to take effect Friday morning.
Starting late this week, the following changes to the Public Health Orders will occur:
• allowing restaurants and licensed premises to reopen at 25 per cent capacity with patron groups limited to members of the same household only;
• allowing outdoor rinks to reopen for casual sports as well as organized practices and games, with multi-team tournaments not permitted;
• allowing gyms, fitness centres and yoga studios to reopen at 25 per cent capacity;
• allowing indoor sporting facilities such as rinks, gymnastic clubs and martial arts studios to reopen at 25 per cent capacity for individual instruction only;
• allowing places of worship to hold regular religious services if a service does not exceed 10 per cent of usual capacity or 50 people, whichever is lower;
• allowing self-help groups for persons dealing with addictions or other behaviours to hold meetings at 25 per cent capacity of the premise where meetings take place;
• allowing museums, art galleries and libraries to operate at 25 per cent capacity;
• allowing personal service businesses, such as those providing pedicures, electrolysis, cosmetic application, tanning, tattooing or massage services to reopen at 25 per cent capacity;
• allowing photographers and videographers to offer services to individual clients or those residing in the same household in addition to providing services at weddings, with the exception of visiting client homes; and
• allowing the film industry to operate fully with physical distancing and other safety measures in place
The Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, says that industries will be motivated to keep Manitobans safe. The province's plan is to keep the proposed places open, as long as cases continue to stay at low levels. Premier Brian Pallister says they wish to avoid "yo-yoing" the restrictions.
“Today is another big day for Manitobans, especially for our local business owners who are eager to safely reopen their doors, and provide the goods and services that Manitobans have missed the past few months,” Pallister says.
Roussin says that if cases remain low for the next three weeks, they will continue to open more places.
The province is remaining at Level Red on the Pandemic System Response plan. Roussin says this is based on a number of variants, including but not limited to case numbers.
This is an ongoing story.