Dance classes, team sports, and other activities can be done safely in Manitoba.
As fall brings new sports and after-school fun, parents are considering sending their children to their favourite programs. By following new guides, the Province says children can do these activities safely.
While children are becoming familiar with their new cohorts, that is quickly changed when young people begin extra-curricular activities. Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen says that the province is aware of the mingling and that the province has discussed it.
Dr. Brent Roussin says the most important things for people to do while participating in activities includes:
- two-meter distancing
- frequent handwashing
- following general hygiene practices
- staying home when ill
Roussin says wearing a mask is also important while in enclosed spaces.
"I think it is making those informed decisions, that is is the enclosed spaces, crowded spaces, and prolonged contact, these are the type of things that we want to avoid," Roussin says. "Really trying to limit the amount of contacts over time, and that is the best way to reduce our risk of this virus."
The Chief Medical Officer says when seeking out activities to do, to avoid enclosed and/or indoor spaces and activities that have large numbers of people. He says activities where prolonged contact occurs is not advised.
Roussin says that the number of close contacts is increasing in Winnipeg, with one instance seeing as many as 50 close contacts.
"A close contact is defined, generally, as being closer than that two-meter distancing for longer than 15 minutes," he says.
By limiting close contacts and isolating when ill, Roussin says the spread of the virus can be limited.