WINNIPEG — Hours after the province announced increased restrictions in Winnipeg and surrounding areas, the city’s Mayor and manager of the city’s emergency operations centre have announced what these restrictions will look like within Winnipeg.
On Friday, the province announced it was placing restrictions on Winnipeg due to rising cases of COVID-19. As of Friday, the city had 401 active cases.
The restrictions include mandatory masks in all indoor public places, and group gatherings both indoors and outdoors are limited to 10 people.
“I’m asking Winnipeggers to embrace this challenge, come together to support these public health orders that are intended to protect the safety of our residents,” said Mayor Brian Bowman.
Jay Shaw, the manager of the city’s emergency operations centre, said effective Monday until restrictions are lifted, the city will be cancelling all group bookings for groups over 10 people in city-owned parks.
All city-led events, including in-person engagements, are being cancelled, and gathering sizes for funerals and weddings taking place on city property is being reduced to 10 people.
Shaw said these he believes the group gathering restrictions do not apply to libraries, arenas, and recreation centres, and will not impact the operations of Winnipeg Transit or Transit Plus.
He said the city is looking for more clarification from the province.
He said masks have been mandated within city-owned facilities already, and will not change.
This is a developing story. More to come.
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