October 25, 2021

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The Christmas break being considered for Manitoba students has been extended

The Christmas break being considered for Manitoba students has been extended

The government of Manitoba is planning to extend the Christmas break in schools by an additional two weeks as it tries to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Premier Brian Polyester confirmed this at a news conference Tuesday morning.

He said other provinces, including BC and Quebec, were also taking longer breaks during the holidays.

Dr Brent Rousin told opposition MLAs in a teleconference on Monday night that authorities were considering extending the Christmas break by an additional two weeks to include an incubation period so that anyone infected with COVID-19 could spread it to others.

“Extending it after the holiday break is an idea, because no matter how much message we send, we know there will be a lot of meetings during the holidays,” Rousin said in a CBC recording. News.

“If we can give an incubation period after the holidays, we can save a lot of the introduction of the virus in schools.”

Rausin maintained for weeks that schools may be open because the vast majority of COVID-19 cases found in educational settings are contracted by community transmission.

The Christmas break at Manitoba public schools is currently scheduled for December 19 to January 3.

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