It appears new public health restrictions will be announced Monday in Manitoba.
Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health officer, will join Premier Brian Pallister for a press conference at 12:30 p.m. with the topic described as “Additional public health measures.”
In addition, Dr. Joss Reimer, medical lead for the Vaccine Implementation Task Force will also hold a media-only technical briefing at 11 a.m.
Global News will livestream the 12:30 press conference here.
Manitoba’s COVID-19 case counts continued to rise over the weekend, with 259 new cases Sunday and 276 cases Saturday. Three more people have died, bringing the province’s total to 967.
Last week, Manitoba cut down public and private gathering sizes, as well as retail capacity.
Pallister rejected calls Thursday to immediately toughen public-health orders as daily COVID-19 case counts continued to rise.
Pallister said he is willing to impose tighter rules if need be, but Manitoba already has a long list of restrictions on travel, social gatherings and more.
“Our restrictions, which are and continue to be some of the most limiting in the country, … have effectively helped Manitobans to bend the curve down,” Pallister said.
“We’re continually monitoring the situation with the guidance of our public health officials. And although I know there are probably a hundred thousand other people out there that have opinions, I’m going to stick with (chief public health officer Dr.) Brent Roussin as my principal adviser when it comes to this.”
Loren Remillard, President of the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, said he and his members are anxious about what restrictions could be put in place.
“It’s been a roller coaster ride for every business during COVID, never knowing if the hope you’re feeling today will turn into despair tomorrow,” he told 680 CJOB Monday.
Business owners are being told to shut down despite the fact that the cases are mostly not coming from local businesses, said Remillard.
“It’s quite frustrating.”
The Chamber is hoping to see data presented to support any additional business lockdowns, said Remillard.
“If there’s going to be measures, they better have the data to support that decision and present that to businesses.”
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