Second phase of Manitoba’s reopening has ‘been really good’: premier

By | June 3, 2020

WINNIPEG — The second phase of Manitoba’s economic reopening has been going smoothly, according to the premier.

“I think it’s been really good,” said Premier Brian Pallister at a news conference on Wednesday.

“I did a little bit of a mini driving tour just to check things out.”

Monday marked the beginning of the province’s second phase of reopening, permitting non-critical services such as spas, gyms, and nail salons to resume operations under strict guidelines.

Pallister said he’s been hearing good things about the loosening of restrictions, and is happy to see the upswing in economic activity.

“Manitobans are getting out there and enjoying our beautiful spring weather and they’re doing it while they’re doing some shopping,” he said.

“I see some lineups and I see they’re longer than I had seen at some of those stores in the past. That’s encouraging, I know, for the small business people and the people who work in those businesses. I see some other places open that weren’t. I see a lot more traffic for sure.”

The premier noted he receives ongoing feedback from the MLAs and said he’s always listening.

“We’re optimistic, we feel we’re in recovery mode and we just have to remember to keep doing the fundamental things we’ve been doing to protect each other,” he said.

Pallister said with the warmer weather, he expects patios will be seeing a lot of business and encourages Manitobans to safely enjoy the outdoors.

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