Manitobans being told to stay home – tighter restrictions coming on Friday

WINNIPEG — New restrictions in Manitoba will officially limit the number of people allowed to gather in private homes to further halt the spread of COVID-19.

The enhanced orders, announced Thursday afternoon by Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin, the chief provincial public health officer, will take effect on Friday, Nov. 20.

Under the new orders, gatherings at private residences, including homes, cottages, and other vacation properties, are restricted. There are some exceptions to allow child-care, health-care and home-care services, tutoring services, construction, repairs, or responding to emergencies.

Exceptions will also be made for those living on their own to have one other person visit their home.

The public health order also provides an exception for a visit between a child and a parent/guardian who does not normally reside with that child.

The new orders also prohibit people from assembling in a gathering of more than five people at any indoor or outdoor public space, including the common areas of a multi-unit residence with the exception of a health-care facility or critical business that adheres to health protection measures.

The measures are intended to allow for weddings, funerals and baptisms to take place with a capacity limit of five people.

This is a developing story. More to come.

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