51 new cases of coronavirus in Manitoba, new rules come into effect for bars and restaurants

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The province is introducing additional Level Orange restrictions, specifically for restaurants and bars. Marney Blunt reports on what will be different – Oct 5, 2020

There are 51 new cases of the novel coronavirus in Manitoba Monday, said health officials.

The new cases include:

  • one case in the Northern health region;
  • three cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
  • 12 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
  • 35 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

There are currently 739 active cases and 1,429 have recovered. Twenty-three people are in hospital with six people in ICU, and 23 people have died.

Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s Chief Public Health Officer, said there were people aged 17 through 88 were in hospital.

Health Minister Cameron Friesen said they know Manitobans, especially Winnipeggers, are upset about long line-ups and being turned away.

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“We do know the public is frustrated with specimen collection sites,” said Roussin. “We are actively working on solutions that is sustainable.”

Friesen said they have appointed a point person to address the long line ups in the hopes of making things move faster, and they hope to have double the testing capacity within the next two weeks.

New rules were posted for bars and restuarants and will take effect on Wednesday, said Roussin.

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  • No sale or service of liquor may take place in licensed premises between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.
  • The operator of the licensed premises must ensure that all members of the public vacate the licensed premises by 11 p.m.
  • Licensed premises must be closed for dine-in services between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Staff must obtain contact information in writing from at least one person in each party attending the licensed premises and the licensee must retain this information for 21 days, after which it must be destroyed.
  • The order does not prevent food from being sold from licensed premises after 11 p.m. for delivery or take-out.
  • These orders impact the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region currently under orange and do not apply to liquor retail.

Read more: Manitoba records 23rd COVID-19 death, 36 new cases

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On Sunday, public health officials said a man in his 50s from Winnipeg was the province’s 23rd death related to COVID-19.

On Saturday, the province said a woman in her 80s, who caught the virus during an outbreak at Parkview Place Care Home, was the 22nd victim.

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