COVID-19: Manitoba extends restrictions until May 29 as cases continue to surge – May 25, 2021
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In Winnipeg, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister provides an update on the province’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic. He is joined by Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief medical officer of health. Public-health measures that went into effect on May 22 for the Victoria Day long weekend have been extended for the remainder of the week until May 29. The measures were scheduled to end on May 26. Outdoor gatherings with people from different households are not permitted, and only one person per household will be allowed to enter a business, with exceptions for single parents and people who need a caregiver. Retail businesses may only operate at 10 per cent capacity or 100 customers, whichever is fewer. A spike in new COVID-19 cases and hospital admissions have forced the province to transfer several patients to hospitals in Ontario to reduce the strain on resources in ICUs. Manitoba is asking the federal government to send health-care workers to help control the third wave.