WINNIPEG - COVID-19 restrictions are loosening again.
Dr. Brent Roussin says the following changes to public health orders will begin on Friday and be in effect until at least March 25th for the entire province.
• households and gatherings:
households can choose one of the following:
continue designating two visitors to their home; or
designating a second household so that two households can visit each other, as long as everyone in the house has authorized those designated individuals to visit.
gathering limits at an outdoor public or private place to increase to 10 people including for outdoor non-organized sport or recreation activities; and
places of worship to have increased capacity size of 25 per cent or 100 people, whichever is lower, with physical distancing measures in place and mask requirements.
• business, retail and restaurants:
any types of business to be able to operate with the exception of indoor theatres, indoor concert halls, casinos and bingo halls;
retail stores, malls and personal services to have increased capacity limits of up to 50 per cent or 250 people, whichever is lower, with other public health measures still in effect;
restaurants and licensed premises to have increased capacity limits of up to 50 per cent, with the requirement for tables to sit with only household members, and other public health measures still in effect;
businesses other than casinos to resume operating video lottery terminals, with physical distancing measures and barriers in place; and
professional theatre groups, dance companies, symphonies and operas to resume rehearsals that are not accessible to members of the public.
• recreation and fitness:
day camps for children to operate at 25 per cent capacity with other public health measures in place;
indoor recreation and sporting facilities such as gyms, fitness centres, rinks, courts, fields, ranges, studios, clubs, pools and centres to open at 25 per cent total capacity, with public health measures in place including for spectators, common areas and locker rooms. The requirement to provide one-on-one instructions has been removed;
gym, fitness centre and pool users must continue to wear a mask while working out and in all other areas of the facility, with the exception of while in a swimming pool;
dance, theatre and music facilities to open for a total capacity of 25 per cent;
indoor recreational facilities such as arcades, go-kart tracks and children’s facilities to open at 25 per cent capacity with physical distancing measures in place.
Premier Brian Pallister also announced another $5,000 Bridge grant for Manitoba businesses that qualify.