Manitoba is the latest province in Canada to announce its reopening plans
Manitoba is officially reopening parts of its economy on Monday, according to the latest update from provincial officials.
On Wednesday, Premier Brian Pallister announced that the province will begin a slow, multi-phased lifting of lockdown restrictions, beginning on May 4, 2020.
Phase one of restoring safe services in MB starts May 4. Critical public health measures, social distancing, mandatory self-isolation upon return from domestic and international travel and northern travel restrictions will remain in place. Learn more at https://t.co/Pinc0dJWhj. pic.twitter.com/zauSkhb4F2— Manitoba Government (@MBGov) April 29, 2020
Services and businesses that have the option to reopen on Monday (subject to restrictions) include:
Phase two — which will begin no earlier than June 1 — will see an increase in public gathering sizes. It will also see non-essential businesses reopening, including nail salons, restaurants (dine-in), film production and non-contact children's sports.
Future phases may see an ease in travel restrictions, and the reopening of performing arts venues for large events.
Mass gatherings such as concerts, summer festivals & major sporting events will not be considered before September 2020, Dr. Brent Roussin noted. #ctvwpg #covid19— Michelle Gerwing (@MichelleGCTV) April 29, 2020
However, Pallister called for caution over the next few weeks, saying that expanding services "must be done in a thoughtful, limited, and phased manner."
"We want to stay ahead of this virus," he said, "and not chase it."
He also thanked Manitobans for helping to flatten the curve, praising their "positive actions" as the reason that Manitoba is now able to reopen its economy.
Our #1 priority during this pandemic is keeping you and your loved ones safe. Today, I announced a multi-phased, gradual, safe approach to expand services as part of Manitoba’s roadmap to recovery. Learn the details here -> https://t.co/bcqRlcrFXB pic.twitter.com/A3Hus5J4dE— Brian Pallister (@BrianPallister) April 29, 2020
The news comes just one day after Canada released official criteria that a province must meet before it can reopen its economy.
Several Canadian provinces have already released plans to reopen their economies over the past week, including Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan.
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