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 health-care 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.”