Manitoba's top doctor announced Friday afternoon that further restrictions are coming to the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region, which includes the town of Niverville and rural municipalities of Ritchot and Tache.

With the growing number of cases in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region, Manitoba Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin has announced targeted measures under the Restricted (Orange) level of the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System to reduce community spread of the virus by reducing close-prolonged contact between people.

These measures will come into effect on Monday, Oct. 19, for a minimum of two weeks, and include:

  • closing all beverage rooms, entertainment facilities, casinos and bingo halls;
  • lowering indoor and outdoor gathering sizes from 10 to five, (the five-person limit does not apply to household members for private gatherings inside the home);
  • reducing group/table sizes in restaurants and lounges from 10 to five and formally reducing capacity at these locations to 50 per cent;
  • formally reducing capacity at retail businesses to 50 per cent, including lowering gathering sizes from 10 to five in food courts and common areas;
  • reducing the number of spectators to 25 per cent of a site’s capacity for after-school activities and sporting events;
  • formally reducing the capacity of museums, galleries and libraries to 50 per cent and requiring sites to collect contact information for all attendees;and
  • requiring gyms and fitness centres to collect contact information for all attendees.

The current measures requiring mandatory mask use in indoor public places, reducing liquor service hours and noise restrictions at licensed facilities continue to be in force in the region.

In order to reduce community spread, residents in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region are strongly encouraged to limit the number of people from each household who go shopping. Families with children in after-school or sporting activities are strongly encouraged to have only one parent attend events, games or practices. People going to gyms or fitness centres must wear a mask unless they are participating in physical activity.

These measures will be in effect for two weeks, and may be renewed with additional restrictions if these changes are unable to slow the community transmission currently seen in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19. For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit:https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.

There are currently no travel restrictions to Manitoba or other parts of Ontario, but area residents should be aware of the risks of COVID-19 when they travel.

Dr. Kit Young Hoon, Medical Officer of Health for the Northwestern Health Unit, says you should weigh the benefits verses the risks of travelling outside the region.

“We don’t have any specific travel advisories to any specific place,” said Young Hoon during a Facebook live video, “before you decide to travel, you know what the risk is to where you’re going.”

Young Hoon says when travelling it is important to continue to practice good public health measures that include:

  • Physical distancing;
  • wearing masking in enclosed indoor spaces;
  • good hand hygiene;
  • avoiding touching your face and staying home when you are sick

When returning to your home community you should self-monitor for 14-days, and get tested if you develop symptoms.