Today the Province announced that effective Monday, November 9th, the Southern Health Region would be moved to Level Red on the Pandemic Response System.
Changes in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region mirror those in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region including:
• Bars and restaurants will be closed except for take-out and delivery.
• Most retail will be reduced to 25 per cent capacity.
• Sports and recreation programming will be suspended.
• Gyms and fitness centres will have reduced capacity to 25 per cent and masks will be mandatory, even when exercising.
• Movie theatres and concert halls will close.
• Personal services have no change and stay at 50 per cent capacity.
• Faith-based gatherings are reduced to 15 per cent or 100 people, whichever is lower.
• Non-urgent and elective surgeries and diagnostics will be suspended. Scheduled surgeries in a number of essential and time-sensitive areas will continue to be performed including cancer, cardiac and trauma. Patients will be contacted directly if their scheduled surgeries are affected.
• In-patient visitation to hospitals or health centres will be suspended, with exceptions made on a case-by-case basis for patients receiving end-of-life care, in labour and delivery, as well as in pediatrics.
• Designated family caregivers may continue to visit personal care homes. General visitation may be suspended with exceptions in place for end-of-life care. General visitation to outdoor visitation shelters will be implemented, once operational.
In addition to these changes, the province is encouraging businesses in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region to have staff work from home wherever possible, and for residents to stay home when sick and take whatever action possible to reduce their contacts and otherwise gathering in public.
The MRFA will keep members informed as more information becomes available.
To view the full press release on the Province’s site, please visit