Public health officer discourages non-essential travel outside of Manitoba

By | March 22, 2020

WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s chief public health officer is asking Manitobans to consider limiting travel outside of the province to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“We strongly are advising Manitobans to cancel or postpone any trips, certainly outside of Canada, but this advice is strongly given to cancelling or postponing trips outside of Manitoba as well,” said Dr. Brent Roussin Sunday morning.

“Now is the time for social distancing, now is not the time for, certainly, non-essential travel.”

Roussin says there are currently 19 cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, unchanged from Saturday. Of those cases, 11 have been confirmed positive, with eight cases being listed as probable positive.

Manitoba has been under a state of emergency since Friday, which limits gatherings to 50 people or less.

Roussin says all international travellers are required to practice physical distancing for 14 days when they return to Manitoba.

“This does not mean going to the grocery store, doing shopping. This means self-isolating at home, monitoring for symptoms, and calling Health Link should they arise,” he said.

 

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