Manitoba increases gathering limits to 25 inside or 50 outside starting Friday

By | May 20, 2020

The maximum number of people allowed to gather in one place in Manitoba will increase Friday thanks to lowering numbers of active COVID-19 cases, public health officials announced Wednesday.

There can be 25 people in a room together starting Friday, while 50 people can gather outside, Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin said.

“As we transition into larger group sizes, as we transition into Phase 2, it’s still a reminder that it’s not a return to normal,” Roussin said.

“We’re still dealing with this virus and we’re still going to be dealing with this virus for some time, so we still need to take those precautions.”

Physical distancing, hand-washing and staying home when you’re sick are all examples of measures people should take, he said.

No new cases of COVID-19 were reported Wednesday, and three more people have recovered from the illness, he said.

The number of people with active cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba is now down to 23. One person is in hospital, but no one is in intensive care.

There have been seven deaths related to COVID-19 in Manitoba, and 260 people have recovered.

There were 245 COVID-19 tests done on Tuesday, bringing the total number of tests up to 35,820.

Outdoor care home visits

In addition to bigger gatherings, work is underway to allow outdoor visits at personal care homes, said Lanette Siragusa, chief nursing officer for Shared Health.

People 65 or older and those with previously diagnosed health conditions are considered vulnerable to severe cases of COVID-19.

Visitors have been barred from entering personal care homes in Manitoba for months to prevent possible outbreaks in those facilities.

“We are very aware that the ability to connect with loved ones is important to the health and well-being of our residents,” Siragusa said.

“Our goal has been to find a balance for the longer term and a balance that will enable visits with loved ones to occur, with all the necessary precautions in place.”

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