Manitobans asked to review Phase 3 plan for reopening the province
By Anthony Capkun
June 11, 2020 – The provincial government is seeking feedback from Manitobans on its proposed plan to ease public health restrictions and “continue safely restoring services, while ensuring physical distancing”.
The draft plan for Phase 3 of reopening the Manitoba economy is based on public health advice and consultation with key sectors. Proposed measures include:
• Increasing gathering sizes to up to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
• Developing guidelines for faith-based and other cultural gatherings, pow wows and other Indigenous cultural and spiritual gatherings, and small summer fairs and festivals.
• Easing border restrictions to allow residents of Western Canada and Northwest Ontario to enter Manitoba without the need to self-isolate for 14 days.
• Resuming regular licensed capacity for childcare centres with guidelines in place.
• Increasing group sizes for day camps from 24 children to 50.
• Increasing indoor occupancy levels for community/service centres and senior centres/clubs.
• Allowing people employed by, or affiliated with, a film production to enter Manitoba without
self-isolating for 14 days.
• Allowing people employed by, or affiliated with, a professional sports team to enter Manitoba without self-isolating for 14 days.
• Removing occupancy limits for retail businesses while ensuring physical distancing measures are in place.
• Increasing indoor and patio occupancy limits to 75% of total capacity for restaurants, bars, beverage rooms, brew pubs, microbreweries and distilleries.
• Lifting occupancy limits for regulated and non-regulated health professions, including registered massage therapists.
The Draft Plan for Phase 3 can be found at www.manitoba.ca/restoringsafeservices.
“If public health results deteriorate or guidelines are not sufficient, Phase 3 measures may be paused and previous measures may be re-introduced,” said Premier Brian Pallister. “We do not want a COVID comeback… we want a Manitoba comeback.”