Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford's also a senior member of provincial cabinet, and he's upset with an exemption issued by the province of Manitoba for cottagers, who may be heading to northwestern Ontario.

"I actally read it last night, and I was just frustrated like most folks," he said, during a phone interview this morning. 

The minister noted there was a province-wide shutdown in place, as the province tried to get their COVID-19 cases under control. 

"Like c'mon man!" he said, "Now's not the time."

Last spring, politicians at all levels encouraged cottagers to stay in Manitoba, saying hospitals in the northwest don't have the capacity to deal with a surge in cases the same as larger facilities in Winnipeg. 

Three new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kenora earlier today.

The new travel restrictions were issued by Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister earlier this week, and they went into effect today. The premier said he was trying to prevent the spread of the U.K. variant of the coronavirus into Manitoba when he issued the restrictions, but he later issued an exemption for cottagers heading to the northwest.

In his comments today, Rickford said he saw the exemption last night along with the response from his constituents, and he expected Ontario Premier Doug Ford would be in touch with Pallister's office about the issue.

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