Southern Health region moved to critical level amid rising COVID-19 cases

WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s top doctor has moved the Southern Health region to the red or critical level on the province’s pandemic response system.

Dr. Brent Roussin announced the news on Friday, saying the region will be placed under increased restrictions beginning on Monday.

“As we can see, our cases have gone in the wrong direction,” Roussin said. “We are seeing more cases, more strain on the health care system, and so further action is required.”

These will include:

  • All restaurants and bars will be closed with take-out, drive-thru, and delivery options only;
  • Cultural and religious gatherings will be limited to 15 per cent capacity or 100 people, whichever is lower;
  • Grocery stores and pharmacies will remain at 50 per cent capacity;
  • All other retail businesses will be reduced to 25 per cent capacity or five people, whichever is higher. These limits do not include employees;
  • All recreational facilities along with all indoor and outdoor sports facilities will be closed;
  • Gyms and fitness centres will be limited to 25 per cent capacity, with masks mandatory even while exercising; and
  • VLTs and other gaming establishments will be closed.

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