WINNIPEG - As Manitobans look forward to seeing their friends again during slightly relaxed public health orders that begin this weekend, some small business owners are desperately pivoting so that they can keep their company running.
A three-week ban on just about every form of social gathering is set to be lifted on Saturday, with Manitobans now being allowed to gather in groups of up to five - but only outdoors.
With many of the other restrictions still in place though, Winnipeg barber Jeremy Regan says he’s open for house calls - offering to cut people’s hair in their own backyard. He said anyone who’s comfortable is also welcome to drop by his Fort Garry home in stead for a haircut - and he’ll even supply refreshments.
For everyone reaching out for haircuts. I will be doing house calls or better yet yard calls. All you provide is the chair and I’ll bring my tools. Unfortunately with the price of gas cuts will be more expensive than usual at $40 a haircut. Please DM me— Hunter & Gunn (@HunterAndGunn) June 9, 2021
Regan says so far about 100 people have taken him up on the offer.
Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin says, although there have been fewer daily new COVID-19 infections since the rate peaked last month, the health care system continues to be under pressure. Around 30 COVID-19 patients are receiving treatment in other provinces as hospitals in Manitoba try to free up ICU beds, but Shared Health Chief Nursing Officer Lanette Siragusa says the last time a patient had been sent out of the province was June 4.