Phase 3 of Manitoba’s reopening during the novel coronavirus pandemic could see indoor and outdoor groups increase, and travel restrictions loosened.
According to the draft plan of Phase 3, posted Thursday on the Manitoba government website, public gatherings of 50 people will be allowed indoors and 100 people outdoors so long as they can stay two metres apart from each other.
“This change also applies to social gatherings, worship, weddings and funerals. These gatherings must follow public health guidelines for the venue where they are being held.”
The goal is to implement Phase 3 on June 21.
Other things in the draft plan include increasing child care capacities to regular levels, and no need to self-isolate if you’re travelling from Northern Ontario or Western Canada.
Where the line into Northern Ontario will be, has yet to be decided, said Premier Brian Pallister. He said it will likely be somewhere west of Thunder Bay.
Read the Draft Plan here:
As for schools, according to the proposed plan, school divisions, teachers and staff should plan for kids to return in the fall, but how that will look is up in the air.
“Manitoba Education is developing a re-opening strategy considering multiple public health scenarios and will work collaboratively with school divisions on detailed plans,” reads the plan.
“Parents and students will have the opportunity to complete a survey to offer their feedback and to inform the back-to-school strategy.”
For retail, occupancy limits would be removed, and restaurants and bars could see limits of 75 per cent of capacity.
Day camps could also see sizes increase from 24 children to 50.
Pallister said case numbers will play a big part on reopening and said things may be scaled back if case numbers spike.
“Security and protection is our motivation every decision,” said Pallister.
Manitobans are encouraged to provide feedback, hopefully before the end of the day Tuesday, said Pallister.
People can share their thoughts with the province here.
Manitoba has gone five days without a new coronavirus case. As of Wednesday, there were 300 cases in total, eight of which were still active.
Manitoba health officials will also hold a press conference at 1 p.m. Thursday to update the latest numbers.