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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.

Services and businesses that have the option to reopen on Monday (subject to restrictions) include:

  • Non-urgent surgery and diagnostic procedures
  • Therapeutic and medical services
  • Retail businesses
  • Restaurants — patio/walk-up services
  • Hair salons
  • Museums, galleries and libraries
  • Seasonal day camps
  • Outdoor recreation (e.g. golf)
  • Campgrounds

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.

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.

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.

Lead photo by

Diane Hammerling

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