WINNIPEG - City Hall in Winnipeg says it’s keeping its mask mandate for its facilities and public transit, with no plans to lift the rules any time soon. This follows a provincial government announcement that it’s giving businesses and municipalities the option of making their own mask-wearing rules starting Saturday.
Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin says public health will no longer require mask use for indoor public spaces when the new public health orders take effect just after midnight on August 7.
But the City of Winnipeg says people will still need to wear masks on Winnipeg Transit buses and at all city-operated facilities. Mask wearing has been required by the city for almost a year now, following rules that took effect on August 29, 2020. Almost a month later, the provincial government announced its own mask mandate for indoor public places.
Roussin says Shared Health still strongly suggests the use of masks for Manitobans who haven’t yet been vaccinated against COVID-19.