Health authorities have announced the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region is having its restriction levels increased.
Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief provincial public health officer, made the announcement Friday afternoon.
The restriction level is being increased to restricted or orange level. It will come into impact on Sept. 28.
When the health limitations enter into put on Monday, it will be compulsory for individuals to wear masks in all indoor public locations.
Gatherings will likewise be restricted to 10 individuals for both indoor and outside events.
The areas that will be impacted by these limitations consist of:
- The City of Winnipeg;-LRB- .
- The City of Selkirk;-LRB- .
- The Town of Stonewall;-LRB- .
- The Rural Town (RM) of Cartier;-LRB- .
- The RM of Headingley;-LRB- .
- The RM of Macdonald;-LRB- .
- The RM of Ritchot;-LRB- .
- The RM of Rockwood;-LRB- .
- The RM of Rosser;-LRB- .
- The RM of Springfield;-LRB- .
- The RM of St. Andrews;-LRB- .
- The RM of St. Clements;-LRB- .
- The RM of St. François Xavier;-LRB- .
- The RM of Taché;-LRB- .
- The RM of West St. Paul;-LRB- .
- The RM of East St. Paul;-LRB- .
- The Town of Niverville; and
- The Village of Dunnottar.
” We have actually seen the effectiveness of these kinds of procedures in Prairie Mountain Health. We saw how reliable limiting big events remained in the early stages of this pandemic,” stated Roussin.
He noted the five-day test positivity rate for the Winnipeg Health Area is 3.1 per cent.
The restrictions are set up to remain in place for a minimum of four weeks.
Roussin added existing orders and guidelines will remain in place for schools, child care, retail companies, museums, theatres, and gambling establishments.
He also stated consultations will happen with the dining establishment industry to work on steps that might be put in place to decrease the transmission threat of COVID-19
” Entering a restaurant, going to the bathroom in a restaurant, wearing a mask. If you are seated at a table and consuming food, you will have the ability to get rid of that mask.”
Roussin added the consultation will take a look at things like the variety of people permitted at tables as there isn’t a restriction on that at the minute.
WHY THE WINNIPEG METRO LOCATION
Roussin was asked why so many surrounding locations were selected for these constraints and not simply Winnipeg by itself.
He stated it was important to cover numerous locations to prevent any unintended repercussions.
” When it is so quickly accessible to take an action outside the perimeter to have a big group size, we believed we would see the unintended repercussion of simply quickly moving big groups to really practical ranges.”
WINNIPEGGERS NEED TO WORK TOGETHER
Manitoba NDP Leader Wab Kinew was asked what he thought about the limitations and the timing of them.
He stated he wasn’t going to throw stones at the federal government about the announcement and his primary focus is driving home the message that Winnipeggers and Manitobans require to step up and fight COVID-19 together.
” For Winnipeg, for Selkirk, to go to this higher level of alert, it’s something truly serious,” said Kinew.
He kept in mind numerous generations have actually needed to face their challenges, whether it is a war or social problems. He said the obstacle today is securing the health of others by using a mask.
” Do what it requires to make certain your parents, the kids out there in the neighborhood, the grandparents are going to live to see 2021,” Kinew stated.
He stated the parties and public trips can be put on hold for a month or two and people ought to concentrate on following public health guidelines.
” It’s not a forgone conclusion that simply Dr. Roussin puts up the orange light and the curve is going to be flattened.”
Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont voiced his frustrations with the federal government stating they aren’t taking the suggestions of Roussin seriously enough and for that reason that is causing thinned down outcomes.
” I stated 6 weeks ago that the way the government was talking was going to set us up for a 2nd wave,” said Lamont.
He thinks the restrictions ought to have been put in place instantly and should have been more impactful for bars and dining establishments.
” You can not be putting people’s health and safety at threat as an afterthought.”