Dr. Brent Roussin says that they are anticipating an influx of COVID-19 cases in the upcoming days due to holiday gatherings.
The Public Health Orders will continue to remain in effect for two more weeks, ending on January 22.
Premier Brian Pallister and Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin say that the restrictions will help reduce the anticipated case bump.
Already, public health officials have seen more than 355 cases and nearly 1,900 contacts linked to holiday gatherings, and we expect to see higher numbers in the coming days,” Roussin says in a statement. “That is why we’re extending the public health orders with a minor adjustment. We need to continue to protect our families and friends by staying home as much as possible.”
The Premier is asking Manitobans for their cooperation.
“While we are starting to bend our COVID curve in the right direction, now is not the time to let up,” Pallister says. “These public health orders are necessary to halt the spread of this deadly virus and protect our most vulnerable Manitobans. While we recognize these restrictions are difficult, they require the co-operation and commitment by all Manitobans to make them work.
Pallister is urging Manitobans to stay home and follow the fundamentals.
Hockey fans can celebrate the new orders, as minor changes will allow for professional hockey teams to train and play games in the province.
"Clarifications have been made to ensure all elements of game play (administrative officials, broadcasters, scouts, etc.) are covered in the order. The teams will be required to follow strict protocols to ensure the safety of league members as well as limit the risk to the public," the province says in a statement.
Next week, the province will be asking residents for feedback on future changes to the orders.