Manitoba changing rules on gathering sizes and business capacity as third wave of pandemic arrives

WINNIPEG — Manitoba is bringing in new public health orders in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 variants of concern, including changes to gathering rules and business capacity.

Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin announced the new restrictions Monday afternoon.

The new restrictions, which take effect Tuesday at 12:01 a.m., include all households only allowed to have two designated visitors indoors and outdoor gatherings on public and private property are limited to a maximum of 10 people, including household members.

On Wednesday at 12:01 a.m., new retail capacity restrictions will take effect.

Retail stores will be limited to one-third of the store’s capacity or up to 333 patrons, whichever is lower. Malls will be limited to 33 per cent of the facility’s capacity.

The orders will remain in effect until May 12.

This is a developing story. More details to come.

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