Today, Manitoba announced new restrictions by updating public health orders reducing the gatherings sizes and imposing limitations on the sale of liquor. Premier of Manitoba and Chief Provincial Public Health Officer made this announcement in response to omicron variant of COVID.
As per today’s announcement gatherings must not exceed 50 per cent of the usual capacity of the space or 250 people, whichever is less. This includes:
• indoor and outdoor public gatherings;
• restaurants, licensed premises, food courts and socials;
• movie theatre and concert halls;
• performing arts venues and outdoor ticketed performing arts events;
• museums and art galleries;
• outdoor and indoor sporting and recreational facilities including dance schools and martial arts studios;
• gyms, fitness centres and yoga studios;
• indoor and outdoor ticketed sporting events;
• indoor recreational businesses;
• seasonal facilities and events;
• religious services and Indigenous cultural events; and
• bingos, casinos and businesses with VLTs.
Furthermore, liquor sales in restaurants and licensed premises will be limited until 10 p.m. daily. New changes will come into effect on Tuesday, Dec. 28 at 12:01 a.m. and will expire on Jan. 11, 2022.
Manitoba Following The Response By Other Provinces!
COVID cases are rising rapidly in Canada and at all time high since the beginning of the pandemic. Currently, there are 168,423 active COVID cases in Canada as per the data.
However, actual active cases might be above 200,000 given the reason that Alberta and Saskatchewan have not updated their COVID cases since Dec 23. Furthermore, these numbers are delayed by 1 day as only previous day numbers can be reported on next day.
Latest studies have shown that newly spread Omicron is considered to be highly spreadable as compared to other variants. However, it is not as dangerous as other variants of concerns around the world.