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March 12, 2021

Province Announces Minor Changes to Current Public Health Orders

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Following the Fundamentals Still Critical to Protect Manitobans: Roussin

The Manitoba government is making two amendments to the public health orders currently in effect until March 25, Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer, announced today. 

“Manitoba’s pandemic response system is designed to enable us to make adjustments where we can based on public feedback and COVID-19 indicators, while always ensuring the health and safety of all Manitobans remains our top priority,” Roussin said. “With warmer temperatures and an early spring on the horizon, we continue to encourage Manitobans to engage in activities outdoors as much as possible. Removing the household-only limit to outdoor dining and licenced premises will give Manitobans an additional opportunity to gather with friends and colleagues in a safe environment.”  

The province is also making an adjustment to mask use in churches. The following changes to the current public health order are in effect as of Saturday, March 13 at 12:01 a.m.:

  • amending mask-use rules in churches to allow masks not to be used while household groups are seated at a service, are appropriately distanced from other groups and are not singing; and
  • allowing outdoor dining on patios at restaurants and licensed premises for groups up to six people from different households. 

Manitobans are reminded that following the fundamentals – including frequent handwashing, staying home when sick, physical distancing and wearing a mask in public places – is critical to keep Manitoba’s COVID-19 curve down, especially as the province continues to gradually restart services and activities throughout the province, Roussin noted. 

With these changes, the public health orders continue to be in effect until March 25. 

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