COVID Cases in Manitoba Trending upward again

For the first time in three weeks, Manitoba has more than 100 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

The province announced that one person has died, and Manitoba has 104 new cases of COVID-19.

They also announced a change of restrictions to allow small groups of people from different households to sit together on restaurant patios, and the removal of masks while seated and distanced from other households at churches.

The last time there were more than 100 cases was on February 18th, when 139 cases were announced.

But Manitoba’s chief public health officer says it was expected that cases would go up.

“As we loosen restrictions, we have more interactions and thus increasing case numbers. At the same time, we’re rolling out the vaccine, we’re protecting more and more of those most vulnerable in Manitoba,” Dr. Brent Roussin said.

Meanwhile, there were changes to the current public health orders, allowing groups of up to six people from different households to sit together on outdoor patios at restaurants and licensed establishments.

People in churches will also be allowed to remove their masks if they are sitting with members of their own household, safely distanced from other groups and not singing.

The new orders go into effect one minute after midnight on Saturday.