WINNIPEG - In an update on Manitoba’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin says Victoria Day long weekend public health orders that went into effect on May 22 have been extended for the rest of the week, ‘til May 29.
The restrictions ban outdoor gatherings with people from different households, and, except for single parents and those who need to be accompanied by a caregiver, one person per household is permitted to enter businesses. Also during the health order period, retailers must operate at 10 per cent capacity, or 100 customers, whichever number is less. The measures had been scheduled to end today.
A surge in new COVID-19 hospital admissions and cases has resulted in Manitoba’s health care system transferring several patients to hospitals in Ontario and Saskatchewan to ease the strain on ICU resources. The federal government has agreed to send health care workers to help control the province’s third wave of the pandemic. Since March 2020, Manitoba has seen more than 49,000 COVID-19 cases, and over 1,030 Manitobans have died as a result of the virus.
For details on current health orders, you can visit the province’s pandemic response portal.