In Winnipeg, Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief medical officer of health, and Lanette Siragusa, the provincial lead of health system integration and quality as well as chief nursing officer for Shared Health, discuss new restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) in Manitoba. The measures will be in place for at least two weeks. The announcement comes as the province sets a new single-day record for confirmed COVID-19 cases.
The Winnipeg metro region will be moved to the red or critical level under the province’s pandemic response system, effective November 2. Indoor dining at bars and restaurants will be closed, while gyms and most retail stores will be reduced to 25 per cent capacity. Other restrictions include the closure of movie theatres and concert halls. Non-urgent and elective surgeries will be postponed, and visitation at all Manitoba hospitals will be suspended, with exceptions made on a case-by-case basis. The rest of the province is moving to the orange or restricted level as of November 2. New measures include limiting gathering sizes to five people, and reducing capacity to 50 per cent for restaurants, bars and retail stores.