December 8, 2022

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Manitoba extends COVID-19 limits through holidays, but exempts drive-in events and more

Holiday meetings in Manitoba will be banned this year because the COVID-19 restrictions will be extended to the new year, although authorities have included several exceptions to the regional health order.

Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr Brent Rousin and Premier Brian Polyester announced Tuesday that the sanctions would last until January.

Pullister said the orders worked, but still needed sanctions.

“They’re working, they’re starting to make a difference, you’re starting to make a difference, and that’s crucial as we move forward,” Polyester said.

“This is not a victory lap. These numbers are not consistent … but the Manitobans need to know that the work they have done has helped.”

He made the remarks as Manitoba announced another 13 COVID-19 deaths, 245 new cases and a regional test positive rate of 13.3 percent.

The Premier said Monday night that the federal government had confirmed that Manitoba had allocated doses for the Modena vaccine. Increased by 15 per cent Considering the large indigenous population in the province. Expect a Pfizer vaccine that requires ultra-cold storage Go to the province early next week.

Drive-ins are an exception to thrift stores

The initial provincial-wide sanctions went into effect on November 12 and were soon tightened, making the retail sector widely considered to be in need of closures, places of worship and other services.

Stores that can stay open are only allowed to sell items that are personally needed From November 21st, Forcing very large box stores to wrap items with plastic wrap sheets.

On November 20, store shelves were covered with plastic, and new Manitoba sanctions banned the sale of non-essential items. (Holy Karuk / CBC)

Revised public health ordinances lift the ban on drive-in church services, with some churches defying health ordinances and recently dropping out. Worshipers are not allowed to leave their vehicles, and vehicles should only carry members of the same household, Rousin said.

Those relaxed rules are expected to return to the old sanctions if people are caught taking advantage of the changes, Rousin said.

Thrift stores are allowed to stay open and sell unwanted items. Rousseau said low-income monitobans were unequally affected by the closure of thrift stores.

Food banks have clear guidelines on how to operate amid extended sanctions. According to past orders they have always had to suspend operations, but there is confusion around the rules, Rousin said.

Meanwhile, acupuncture and osteopathy services are allowed. Although allowed to pursue regulated health careers such as physiotherapy and dentistry, both have been barred from providing services in the past.

School supplies are listed as essential items and more guidance on outdoor activities is coming.

Holiday decorations for sale

The sale of holiday decorations – religious items such as Christmas ornaments, wrapping paper, wreaths and menorrhaea – is allowed.

Reducing sanctions in the future is how closely Manitobans adhere to these directives, Rausin said.

“We know going into the holidays can be challenging,” he said.

“With a high degree of compliance we can begin to see these numbers improve and regain some of the things we enjoy and love, such as visiting our loved ones in personal care homes.”

About 50 nursing homes in Winnipeg are currently experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks. With a few exceptions, the vast majority of deaths are in people aged 60 and over, including the recent deaths of those under 10 years of age.

The province is expanding its bridge grant program to home-based businesses, which include event planners, photographers, traders and more. They now have support up to $ 5,000.

So far, 6,300 businesses have received about $ 31 million through the bridge grant program, Pullister said.

New orders close January 8

The announcement comes just a month after Manitoba was placed under a red or complex code throughout the region’s pandemic response system. Stricter sanctions were also brought in a week later.

Orders still fail to prevent some of the worst effects of COVID-19 in Manitoba, with nearly 300 COVID-19 deaths since strict sanctions came into force.

Despite the trends, the “circuit breaker” health orders introduced in November helped, Rousin said.

“Red or critical sanctions have helped us avoid that worst case scenario,” he said. “That is why we are extending those orders.”

The old order expires on Friday and will be replaced with the new order, which takes effect at 12:01 am on Saturday. They end on January 8th.

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