Manitoba announces new restrictions for Winnipeg area as COVID-19 cases surge – October 16, 2020
In Winnipeg, Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief medical officer of health, provides an update on the province’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. He is joined by Manitoba Health Minister Cameron Friesen. The province is imposing new restrictions for the Winnipeg region aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 amid a recent increase of cases. The measures take effect on October 19 for a minimum of two weeks and include lowering indoor and outdoor gathering sizes from 10 to five people. The new limit does not apply to household members for private gatherings inside the home. Beverage rooms, entertainment facilities, casinos, and bingo halls have been ordered to close. Other restrictions include reducing capacity at restaurant, lounges and retail stores to 50 per cent. Museums, galleries, and libraries must also reduce capacity by 50 per cent.