Today, Premier Pallister and chief provincial health officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced that the Manitoba government has extended public health orders from Dec. 12 until Jan. 8, 2021.

The existing Critical (red) level restrictions have been extended. No changes for the restaurant and food service industry were announced. Currently, restaurants and food service establishments must remain closed to the public but may offer take-out and delivery. To view the current health orders, click here. The MRFA will update our blog and members when the updated extended health orders are released by the Province. 

The existing Critical (red) level restrictions have been extended by public health order, with several modifications based on feedback from public, stakeholders and enforcement officials. Changes to the public health orders include:
• allowing thrift stores to open with some capacity limits, to allow access to second-hand clothing and other items;
• ensuring acupuncture and manual osteopathy practices are allowed to open to align with other health services;
• clarifying the operation of food banks and food hamper services;
• allowing private residences to allow legal services, landlord access and access for home businesses;
• encouraging safe outdoor physical activity for individuals and immediate households only by providing guidance to clarify that people not from the same household need to keep two metres of distance between them and that gathering sizes must not exceed five people;
• adding school supplies as an essential item under the restrictions to retail services;
• allowing drive-in events as a temporary measure subject to compliance with the restrictions, and cars must contain members from one household only and no one may leave the car while at the event; and
• permitting the Winnipeg Jets to train in Manitoba in preparation for an eventual NHL decision on a 2021 playing season.
A seasonal change to the order will also be included to allow for the sale of holiday decorations such as garlands and ornaments, and religious items like menorahs and candles.
To learn more and read the full press release on the Province’s website, please visit https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=50003&posted=2020-12-08