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Manitoba to help lodges, outfitters amid coronavirus

The Manitoba government is taking steps to help the lodge and outfitter sector recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Manitoba government is taking steps to help the lodge and outfitter sector recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press

The Manitoba government is helping lodges and outfitters recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen says the closure of the Canada-United States border has had a significant effect on outdoor tourism.

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He says the province is waiving big-game utilization requirements for 2020.

Manitoba is also allowing additional black-bear hunting to outfitters in areas with regular agricultural damage.

COVID-19 impact on Manitoba’s hunting and fishing seasons
COVID-19 impact on Manitoba’s hunting and fishing seasons

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Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

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To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.

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