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Entire province goes to Red alert

Posted: November 10, 2020

The province has ramped up its efforts to contain COVID-19 by adding further restrictions to the Critical (Red) level initially enacted in the Winnipeg Metro Region, including East St. Paul, on Nov. 2.


Beginning at 12:01 am on Thursday, Nov. 12 all of Manitoba falls under the Critical (Red) response level and new restrictions include:


• Social contacts reduced to your household only. Social gatherings are not permitted.
• Travel to and from northern Manitoba is restricted and non-essential travel is discouraged.
• Retail businesses listed as critical services, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, can remain open at 25 per cent capacity.
• Retail businesses not on the list are able to provide e-service, curbside pickup or delivery services.
• All personal service businesses, including hair salons, barbers and sites offering manicures, pedicures and other esthetic services, must close.
• Gyms and fitness centres must close.
• Religious and cultural gatherings must close or be provided virtually only.
• Restaurants must close to the public and may be open for delivery, drive-thru or takeout only.
• All recreational activities, sports facilities, casinos, museums, galleries, libraries, movie theatres and concert halls must close.


In East St. Paul, the administration and operations buildings were both closed to the public on Nov. 2 and will remain closed. The arena and banquet hall also remain closed.


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.


No changes will be made to child-care services or to kindergarten to Grade 12 education delivery at this time. The province says it has not seen widespread transmission among children, students and staff.


There are a number of things Manitobans can do themselves to reduce the spread that go beyond the restrictions put in place. These include:

• Reduce the number of shoppers from your household to the lowest possible number. Send only one person to shop.
• Work from home if at all possible.
• Reduce travel unless absolutely essential.
• Remember all those you have come in contact with recently.


As these restrictions go into place and in all regions, Manitobans are reminded that compliance and enforcement issues can be reported by visiting and completing the reporting form at www.manitoba.ca/COVID19, or by calling 204-945-3744 or 1-866-626-4862 (toll-free) and pressing option three on the call menu.

Fines for breaching or failing to comply with public health or emergency orders have recently been increased to $1,296 for individuals and $5,000 for corporations.




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