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Province unveils plans for 2nd phase of restoring the economy

By: Brayden Hnatiuk
Posted: May 21, 2020 12:53

Re-opening will be based on keeping Manitoba’s COVID-19 curve flat

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The Manitoba government is examining additional steps to gradually continue to safely restore services and open additional businesses while ensuring physical distancing measures remain in place, 

Premier Brian Pallister says the draft plan will help inform and guide the province in the second phase of safely re-opening our services, "We thank Manitobans for their diligence in respecting physical distancing guidelines, and we hope to be in a position to move forward and ease some additional restrictions while ensuring the health and well-being of all Manitobans."

As part of Phase Two, the province is currently examining limited access to educational facilities, where physical distancing can be maintained, to allow for additional tutorial days, such as one-on-one learning, assessment and specific programming.

The premier noted to ensure students are equipped to transition to the new school year, additional teaching days are being examined for the upcoming school year, including starting schools on Aug. 31, and repurposing some of the non-instructional days throughout the school year.

"Our young Manitobans are our most precious asset, and we need to do everything we can to support students and help prepare them for a bright future," said Pallister. "We know this has been a challenging time for students and their families as they juggle remote learning while missing their classmates and friends. We want to examine additional ways to assist them in meeting their educational needs."

The draft plan for restoring services in Phase Two builds on measures Restoring Safe Services:  Manitoba's Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery, which set out an evidence-based plan to ease public health measures that had escalated since mid-January.

Other being examined for the second phase of service restoration include:

- increasing child-care centre occupancy to up to 24 children plus staffing;
- increasing day camp group sizes to 24;
- resuming sports activities for children and adults;
- lifting occupancy limits at outdoor recreation facilities and golf courses outdoors, as long as physical distancing can be maintained and allowing limited access to indoor spaces;
- allowing direct travel to northern parks, campgrounds, cabins, lodges and resorts while ensuring physical distancing; 
- allowing public/private swimming pools, spas, fitness clubs, gyms and community/service centres to reopen with some limitations;
- allowing religious or other organizations to hold outdoor services without limitation on numbers if people stay in their vehicles;
- reopening manicurists and pedicurists, tattoo parlours, estheticians, cosmetologists, electrologists and tanning parlours at 50 per cent capacity; 
- allowing restaurants to reopen indoor spaces at 50 per cent capacity and continue to offer patio services at that capacity level;
- allowing bars, beverage rooms, micro-brewers and similar businesses that serve food and drinks to operate patio service at 50 per cent of site capacity and to reopen indoor spaces at 50 per cent capacity; 
- allowing the resumption of film productions while ensuring physical distancing.

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