Manitoba Health Orders Strengthened As COVID Numbers Remain High
Manitoba health officials report 8 new deaths related to COVID-19 today. This is the highest single-day COVID death total since the pandemic started in March of 2020. The number of new COVID cases diagnosed in Manitoba is 297 which and there are currently 324 hospitalizations due to COVID 51 of those are in ICU.
Out of the 4639 active cases in the province, 261 are in the PMH region and there are 70 active covid cases in Brandon.
Along with these alarming statistics, Premier Brian Pallister urged Manitobans to stay at home as much as possible for the next two weeks as he announced strengthened public health orders. Among the new health measures, Malls will have stricter requirements, employees will need to work from home if possible and remote learning for K-12 students in Brandon, Winnipeg, and in the Garden Valley and Red River Valley school divisions will continue until June 7th. Schools in Dauphin will continue remote learning until June 9th.
The new list of public health orders also includes the following:
• indoor public gatherings are not permitted and visitors are not permitted on private property, except in certain circumstances;
• requirements for employers to allow employees to work from home as much as possible;
• outdoor gatherings with anyone from outside a household are not allowed and this applies to all recreation spaces including playgrounds, golf courses, parks and sports fields;
• retail businesses may only operate at 10 percent capacity or 100 customers, whichever is fewer, and only one person per household will be allowed to enter a business, with some exceptions, such as a single parent with children or someone who requires a caregiver;
• increased requirements for malls to manage capacity and access to eliminate gatherings and ensure compliance with shopping; and
• many businesses and organizations will remain closed for in-person service, including gyms and fitness clubs, restaurants and bars, personal service businesses, museums, galleries and libraries.
These regulations will commence Saturday at 12:01 a.m. and continue until Saturday, June 12, 2021, at 12:01 a.m.
For a full list of the current health, orders click here.