Measures put in place to slow down COVID-19 transmission are being extended for another few days.
Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba's Chief Public Health Officer, says "it is all up to us" to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
To slow it, Roussin is extending the orders created for the Long Weekend including:
• indoor public gatherings are not permitted and visitors are not permitted on private property, except in certain circumstances;
• outdoor gatherings with anyone from outside a household are not allowed and this applies to all recreation spaces including playgrounds, golf courses, parks and sports fields;
• retail businesses may only operate at 10 per cent capacity or 100 customers, whichever is fewer, and only one person per household will be allowed to enter a business, with some exceptions, such as a single parent with children or someone who requires a caregiver; and
• many businesses and organizations will remain closed for in person service including gyms and fitness clubs, restaurants and bars, personal service businesses, museums, galleries and libraries.
All other health orders continue to be in place until May 30.
Roussin says they are currently discussing health order changes, including possible restriction changes and if children can go back to the classroom. The doctor cautions people that the current case and hospital rates directly impact the health orders. High case numbers and inter-provincial transfers are the current situation as Manitoba claims the title of COVID-capital of Manitoba.
"The stay-at-home order is a way of framing things," Roussin says. "Here we do not frame out as a stay-at-home order but you cannot gather with anyone outside of your household."
He would not say if more businesses would be ordered to close, or what other restrictions could look like. He says in the upcoming days Manitobans will know more.