Manitoba is entering into its seventh extension of the State of Emergency.

First announced on March 20, the province has been in a state of emergency for six months. The latest announcement will bring Manitoba into its seventh month of health and safety-related orders.

Extensions had previously been announced on April 18, May 17, June 15, July 14, August 12 and September 10.

"The declaration enables the government to act quickly on a broad range of supportive measures to stop the spread of Covid-19 and to allow for greater flexibility during the pandemic and give Manitobans the time they need to work around the interruptions this pandemic has caused," the province's website says.

The new 30-day extension will take effect at four p.m. on Friday, October 9.

This will amount to a total of 174 days under the sate of emergency. 

The province says the state allows "the powers set out in section 10(1) and 10(2) of The Emergency Measures Act to enable the province to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic."

Gatherings sizes and other pubic health orders are not affected by the extension.

The state of emergency does not affect the current public health orders, which are issued by the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer under The Public Health Act.