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Province releases revised Phase 4 Plan

By: Brayden Hnatiuk
Posted: July 23, 2020 14:23

Relaxing of self-isolation requirements for those travelling from the eastern Canada put on hold

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Following public health advice and feedback from Manitobans, the province has adjusted plans for the fourth phase of the Restoring Safe Services roadmap as part of the Restart program, 

Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen says the health and well-being of Manitobans is priority one as we move through this pandemic, "While Manitoba's response to COVID-19 has been led by scientific evidence and the advice of our public health professionals, we need to keep listening to what Manitobans are ready to accept and support at each phase of our recovery efforts. I want to thank Manitobans for their valuable input and commitment to keep the virus at bay as we continue to take a balanced and measured approach at restarting our economy."

The minister noted, over the last two days, more than 50,000 Manitobans provided feedback on the draft phase four plan through the online survey and telephone town hall. 

The draft plan proposed a number of changes to be implemented as early as this Saturday (July 25). Phase four will go ahead as planned but with some items postponed to a later date or moved forward with more limited implementation, while other steps will remain as proposed.

Visits in personal care homes and long-term care settings will proceed as planned. The minister noted facility operators will continue to review visitation policies and processes to ensure appropriate visitation, along with the health and safety of residents and families.

Items moving forward with more limited implementation on July 25 include:
- maintaining current site capacity at 30 per cent for faith-based services, pow wows, but eliminating the need for sub-groups (cohorts);
- allowing stage performances and opening movie theatres to a maximum capacity of 30 per cent of the site, up to a maximum of 500 people;
- allowing casinos to open at a maximum of 30 per cent of the site's capacity; and
- allowing retail businesses and indoor recreation sites to use non-permeable barriers when distances of two metres can not be maintained.

The following proposed changes have been deferred at this time:
- proposed changes to indoor and outdoor gathering sizes;
- relaxing of self-isolation requirements for those travelling from eastern and southern Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada; and
- walk-up counter service in bars, beverage rooms, brew pubs, microbreweries and distilleries.

Public health officials will review possible adjustments on a week-by-week basis and make any additional changes based on the public health situation at the time.

To view the updated phase four plan and to review public health guidance for businesses, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restoring/index.html. 

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