Manitoba implementing new measures to enforce physical distancing rules

By | April 9, 2020

WINNIPEG — Premier Brian Pallister announced new penalties for Manitobans who violate public health orders.

The premier made the announcement, flanked by Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman, Thursday afternoon at the Manitoba Legislative Building.

“The vast majority of Manitobans are doing exactly what the doctor ordered, and that is important, and to them, I say thank you,” Pallister told reporters, “Sadly, there is a small minority who are not doing their part.”

Manitoba is currently under a state of local emergency, which limits public gatherings to 10 or fewer people.

Effective immediately, fine amounts for breaching these emergency orders will be set at $486 for individuals and $2,542 for businesses who violate the orders.

“These are necessary steps to protect all of us,” Pallister said.

The City of Winnipeg will assist in enforcement. Community service ambassadors will be out to educate the public about the orders and physical distancing requirements. Winnipeg Police bylaw officers will also be involved in enforcement.

“The measures put in place by the Manitoba government, and the corresponding measures we’ve enacted at the city are there for the safety of all in our community,” Bowman said. “Not some. All.”

This is a developing story. More to come…

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