Manitoba will slowly begin to re-open on May 4, 2020. The phased approach was announced by the Manitoba Government. To be clear, this is not a return to normal… but a slow phased approach to eventually get there.
Phase One – Starting May 4, 2020
Critical public health measures and travel restrictions will remain. This includes mandatory self-isolation upon one’s return to Manitoba and limits on travel to the north. Priority elective surgeries have been restarted, diagnostics screening will resume and some non-essential businesses will be reopened. Business that do reopen must limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower.
- schools will remain closed
- non-urgent surgery and diagnostic procedures restored
- therapeutic and health care services restored
- retail businesses reopen
- restaurants – patio/walk-up services restored
- hairstylists and barbers reopen
- museums, galleries and libraries reopen
- outdoor recreation and campgrounds reopen
If results during or at the end of phase one or any future phases are not favourable, the province will not proceed with further easing of secondary public health measures and may reintroduce others. If disease activity remains low, they will give serious consideration in mid-May to reducing the restrictions on group size.
Phase Two – Starting no earlier than June 1
Critical public health measures and travel restrictions will remain. This includes mandatory self-isolation upon one’s return to Manitoba and limits on travel to the north. Any changes made in this phase will depend on the evaluation of the previous phase. This may include:
- expanding public gatherings
- restaurants – dine-in services restored
- film production reopened
- non-contact children’s sports restored
Public health measures may be further eased based on ongoing public health data and surveillance. Physical distancing measures will remain in place. Travel restrictions may be eased, depending on public health data and surveillance. Specific considerations are included relating to:
- performing arts venues
- other non-essential businesses
- large gatherings / events
For more information, visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/approach.htmlhttps://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/approach.html.