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Province announces move to Red-Critical level for Winnipeg Metro Region, including East St. Paul

Posted: October 30, 2020

Chief Provincial Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin today set the pandemic response level to Red–Critical for the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region, which includes East St. Paul, effective Monday, Nov. 2.

 

In East St. Paul, this means that at 12:01am Oct. 31, the Arena and Banquet Hall are closed. The Municipal Office and Operations Building will be closed to the public on Nov. 2. Staff will continue to work and are separated into cohorts as recommended by the province in an effort to keep them safe. Where possible, staff will work from home.

 

The RM is focused on providing essential services at this time, however, with reduced staff there may be delays in some cases.

 

On Oct. 23, provincial regulatory amendments came into effect that allow municipal by-law enforcement officers to enforce public health and emergency health hazard orders.

 

Manitoba has implemented a multi-tiered approach to enforcing orders, which includes public education, written warning or, ultimately, enforcement actions such as ticketing or arrest, if necessary. Fine amounts for breaching these emergency orders under The Public Health Act have been increased to $1,296 for individuals and $5,000 for businesses, and are enforceable by ticket.

 

Under the Red-Critical response level:

 

- Bars and restaurants will be closed except for take-out and delivery.
- Most retail will be reduced to 25 per cent capacity.
- Sports and recreation programming will be suspended.
- Gyms and fitness centres will have reduced capacity to 25 per cent and masks will be mandatory, even when exercising.
- Movie theatres and concert halls will close.
- Personal services have no change and stay at 50 per cent capacity.
- Non-urgent and elective surgeries and diagnostics will be suspended. Scheduled surgeries in a number of essential and time-sensitive areas will continue to be performed including cancer, cardiac and trauma. Patients will be contacted directly if their scheduled surgeries are affected.
- Visitation at all Manitoba hospitals has been suspended, with exceptions made on a case-by-case basis for patients receiving end-of-life care, in labour and delivery, as well as in pediatrics.
- Faith-based gatherings are reduced to 15 per cent or 100 people, whichever is lower.

 

 

Today, Oct. 30, the province announced a test positivity rate of 8.6 per cent and 480 new cases of the Coronavirus, 309 of them in the Winnipeg Health Region and 42 in the Interlake-Eastern Region.

 

According to the Province of Manitoba’s Pandemic Response, a move to the Red-Critical level occurs when:

 

There is extensive community transmission of COVID-19 occurring and not contained;

There are widespread outbreaks and new clusters that cannot be controlled through testing and contact tracing; and

The virus is being transmitted at levels that public health and the health system deem concerning or critical.

 

The remainder of the province is at the Orange-Restricted response level.

 

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to not socialize with people from outside their household, to cut down the number of close contacts, and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces. In addition, they should focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash/sanitize your hands and cover your cough.
  • Physically distance when you are with people outside your household.
  • If you cannot physically distance, wear a mask to help reduce the risk to others or as required by public health orders.

 

 

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