WINNIPEG - Manitoba is reducing COVID-19 restrictions.
New public health orders will take effect on Tuesday, February 8th and continue for two weeks to Tuesday, February 22nd.
Private gatherings where everyone is fully vaccinated will be expanded to allow the household plus 25 others in indoor spaces and 50 people in outdoor areas. More stringent restrictions are in place for private gatherings with individuals who are not vaccinated. However, these are also expanded from previous orders. The changes will also allow sports and recreation tournaments to resume, extend liquor sales to 12 a.m. at licensed premises and adjust capacity restrictions in many public spaces.
“To be effective, public health orders should only be as restrictive as we need at the time,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer. “Manitobans have largely stepped up and followed these rules when it was critical in our pandemic response and also chose to get vaccinated, which has helped us to protect ourselves, each other and the capacity of our health-care system. The data and modelling show that we are stabilizing and may have in fact passed the peak we expected from omicron. The next few weeks will be critical as we monitor these trends and determine if it is appropriate to reduce additional restrictions over the longer term.”
The province is also providing further support to business by expanding program eligibility under the Sector Support Program.