Gatherings Limited to Five; Manitoba Government Announces More COVID-19 Restrictions in Winnipeg Region


Manitoba chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin speaks during the daily briefing at the Manitoba Legislative Building, in Winnipeg, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski

The Manitoba government is imposing increased restrictions in the greater Winnipeg area due to rising COVID-19 numbers.

Starting Monday, and lasting for two weeks, gatherings will be limited to five people and a maximum of five people will be allowed to sit together at a restaurant.

Beverage rooms, bingo halls and casinos will have to close, while restaurants, lounges and retail stores will be limited to half capacity.

Health officials say the measures were prompted by growing community transmission of the novel coronavirus, and data that shows many cases have been connected to people socializing in bars, restaurants and homes.

The Winnipeg region was already under stricter rules than the rest of the province after case numbers started spiking in late summer.

The province is reporting 75 new COVID-19 cases — a sharp drop from earlier in the week — and there are no new deaths for the first time in five days.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 16, 2020

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