Today marks the beginning of the return to more freedoms across the province, as Manitoba enters phase two of their 4-3-2-One Great Summer reopening plan today.
Premier Brain Pallister alongside Manitoba’s Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon and spoke of the announcement as, “A good news day, towards a reopened Manitoba.”
"Last week, Manitobans met and surpassed vaccinations goals we had set out for our second reopening milestone. This, I should note, was almost a full month ahead of schedule. So good for Manitobans, thanks for doing that.”
Some of the changes that go into effect as of today are:
• Indoor gatherings at private residences are permitted to a maximum of five people, plus the household members;
• Indoor gatherings in public spaces are permitted to a maximum of 25 people;
• Outdoor gatherings on private property increase to a maximum of 25 people;
• Restaurants, licensed premises and food court capacities expand to 50 percent capacity:
- Restaurants/bars operating hours extend to midnight;
- The requirement to purchase food when ordering alcohol no longer applies;
- VLTs may operate with all other restaurant/bar rules applying (two-metre distance, only households or fully vaccinated people seated together);
- Outdoor maximum table size remains at eight people;
- Patrons may only sit together indoors if they are from the same household or if all patrons 12 years of age or older are fully immunized (unvaccinated children under 12 may dine with fully vaccinated members of their household in this case);
• Movie theatres; bingo halls, VLT lounges and casinos, and museums and galleries are now open at 50 percent capacity to fully vaccinated people.
To view a list of all of the changes that were made, click here.
The province's third and final goal in the reopening plan is to have 80 percent of eligible Manitobans with at least one vaccine dose and 75 percent with two doses by Sept. 6.