Coronavirus: Manitoba casinos to close midnight Tuesday, daycares to close after Friday

The archived livestream press conference about Coronavirus in Manitoba for Tuesday, March 17.

Daycares and casinos are about to close in Manitoba.

Premier Brian Pallister made the announcement Tuesday morning.

Public, licenced daycares will close after Friday, said Pallister, noting that home daycares will still be allowed to remain open.

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In addition, Tuesday is the last day casinos will be open.

Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s Chief Public Health Officer, said they are also recommending the immediate suspension of visitors in long-term care facilities.

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“I’d like to note that this is not the time to go out,” said Roussin.

Manitobans should cancel international travel plans, he said, noting that the risk changes daily in every country.

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“I can’t recommend this stronger …. please cancel any international travel plans.”

Despite the social distance warnings, Roussin said people who are able to give blood are asked to keep their appointments.

“The need for blood is constant,” he said. “It doesn’t go away during a pandemic.“

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Lynette Siragusa with Shared Health echoed his concerns, saying if the blood shortage continues, elective surgeries may be closing.

Two new testing sites have been opened, one in the Pas and one in Flin Flon. People must still call Health Links to be referred to the sites.

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Asked why bars and restaurants are still open, Roussin said they’re hoping institutions will implement restrictions themselves.

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As of Monday night, the province had eight confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 and there were no new cases reported as of Tuesday at noon.

Over the past several days, sports teams have cancelled their league play, schools are set to shut down on March 23 and numerous restaurants and retail operations have either scaled back their operations or closed.

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