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New health measures announced for the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region

By: Brayden Hnatiuk
Posted: October 16, 2020 15:02

Indoor and outdoor group sizes reduced from 10 to 5

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With the growing number of cases in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region, the province is introducing targeted measures under the restricted orange level of the province's Pandemic Response System to help limit the spread of COVID-19. 

Starting Monday October 19, the following health protocols will come into effect in the Winnipeg region for a minimum of two weeks, and include:

- closing all beverage rooms, entertainment facilities, casinos and bingo halls;
- lowering indoor and outdoor gathering sizes from 10 to five,
     - the five-person limit does not apply to household members for private gatherings inside the home;
- reducing group/table sizes in restaurants and lounges from 10 to five and formally reducing capacity at these locations to 50 per cent;
- formally reducing capacity at retail businesses to 50 per cent, including lowering gathering sizes from 10 to five in food courts and common areas;
- reducing the number of spectators to 25 per cent of a site's capacity for after-school activities and sporting events;
- formally reducing the capacity of museums, galleries and libraries to 50 per cent and requiring sites to collect contact information for all attendees; and
- requiring gyms and fitness centres to collect contact information for all attendees.

The current measures requiring mandatory mask use in indoor public places, reducing liquor service hours and noise restrictions at licensed facilities continue to be enforced in the region.


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