The Manitoba Government recently communicated it is seeking public input on the proposed further easing of public health restrictions and safely restore more services.
Premier Pallister announced the draft plan for Phase Three was ready to be released because they continue to have among the lowest test positivity rates in Canada.
The draft plan for Phase Three of reopening the Manitoba economy is based on public health advice and consultation with key sectors. Proposed measures include:
• increasing gathering sizes to up to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors;
• developing guidelines for faith-based and other cultural gatherings, pow wows and other Indigenous cultural and spiritual gatherings, and small summer fairs and festivals;
• easing border restrictions to allow residents of western Canada and northwest Ontario to enter Manitoba without the need to self-isolate for 14 days;
• resuming regular licensed capacity for child-care centres with guidelines in place;
• increasing group sizes for day camps from 24 children to 50;
• increasing indoor occupancy levels for community/service centres and senior centres/clubs;
• allowing people employed by or affiliated with a film production to enter Manitoba without self-isolating for 14 days;
• allowing people employed by or affiliated with a professional sports team to enter Manitoba without self-isolating for 14 days;
• removing occupancy limits for retail businesses while ensuring physical distancing measures are in place;
• increasing indoor and patio occupancy limits to 75 per cent of total capacity for restaurants, bars, beverage rooms, brew pubs, microbreweries and distilleries; and
• lifting occupancy limits for regulated and non-regulated health professions including registered massage therapists.
Manitoba’s chief provincial public heath officer Dr. Brent Roussin noted it is essential that people to stay home if they are sick to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 and businesses must take measure to help staff, customers and visitors stay safe including:
• ensuring people are able to reasonably maintain two metres of distance;
• only conducting necessary and brief exchanges within two metres of others;
• applying enhanced cleaning protocols, especially in common areas like washrooms;
• maintaining physical distancing and food-handling protocols in workplace areas including lunch and common areas;
• ensuring staff stay home when feeling sick; and
• following personal risk reduction measures.
Industry and members of the general public can sign in to the Manitoba Engagement portal to see details of Phase Three Implementation, provide comments, and request clarity on aspects of the plan.