Brian Pallister to give update on COVID-19 measures in Manitoba

By | May 20, 2020

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister will speak at 11 a.m. about COVID-19 measures being taken in the province.

CBC Manitoba will live stream the news conference here. 

Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s top public health official, said Tuesday that Manitoba may roll back some pandemic restrictions earlier than planned, as key numbers remain low two weeks into the first phase of reopening.

That same day, a memo was sent to civil servants asking that they take five unpaid days off to avert temporary layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Manitoba began Phase 1 of its reopening plan on May 4, allowing the operation of a wide swath of non-essential businesses, including hair salons, restaurant patios and retail stores.

Since that time, 10 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the province, including several linked to a cluster at a Brandon trucking company.

The province’s active case number has dropped from 37 to 26 — out of 290 cases since Manitoba started testing for COVID-19 — as recoveries outpace the discovery of new cases. 

The set target date for the next phase of the province’s reopening plan is June 1. 

Phase 2 could include allowing restaurants to reopen indoor spaces at 50 per cent capacity, as well as the resumption of film production and seasonal non-contact children’s sports or activities, as long as physical distancing measures are in place.

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