Early school start, pool and gym reopening possible in Manitoba’s Phase 2 but no date yet

By | May 21, 2020

Manitoba’s draft plan for the next phase of reopening includes an early start to the next school year, use of school facilities, access to pools and gyms and direct travel to cabins, campgrounds and parks north of the 53rd parallel, Premier Brian Pallister announced Thursday.

There’s currently no firm date when the new measures will take effect, except for loosened restrictions on public gatherings and professional sports.

Increases to public gathering size limits announced Wednesday take effect Friday, raising the maximum size to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors.

Professional sports will be allowed to resume some activities on the same date.

The draft plan revealed Thursday includes a proposal to begin the 2020-21 school year on Aug. 31, and repurposing some non-instructional days during the school year, the premier said.

Further details on the timing of other measures will be announced “at some point in the next few days,” Pallister said.

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Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister will brief the public on the latest COVID-19 measures from the province at 11 a.m.

The premier is expected to announce details of the next phase of the province’s economic recovery plan, which officials have said may move forward earlier than the original target date of June 1.

The announcement will be streamed live here, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and CBC Gem.

Pallister has not released information about the specific timing or other details of the Phase 2 plan beyond what was announced when Phase 1 was outlined in late April.

The roadmap document released in April said Phase 2 could include reopening indoor restaurant spaces, film production, manicure and pedicure services and children’s non-contact sports.

Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health officer, announced Wednesday that public gathering size limits will increase later this week.

Starting Friday, indoor gatherings will be capped at 25 people and outdoor gatherings will be limited to 50.

Manitoba has had one new case of COVID-19 in a week. The total number of cases in the province is 290, with 23 active cases.

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