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Manitoba to drop capacity limits next week, eliminate mask mandates by mid-March – CBC.ca

Manitoba will eliminate capacity limits for many businesses and other venues starting Tuesday as the province aims to abolish all restrictions, including mask mandates, on March 15.

The province also intends to remove all proof of vaccination requirements on March 1, which means vaccination cards will no longer be needed.

All restrictions will end March 15, Premier Heather Stefanson said at a Friday morning news conference.

“Today we offer hope to those who have been waiting for a long time to see that light at the end of the tunnel,” she said.

“The restrictions have placed many burdens on Manitobans, and now that we see the pressure of our hospital systems starting to ease, it’s our responsibility of government to ease those restrictions on Manitobans.”

Stefanson, who has stressed the importance of getting vaccinated, toned that message down on Friday. While she said she and her family are fully vaccinated, she added that “the choice to get vaccinated is yours.”

“It’s time for a new normal to begin in Manitoba,” she said.

“We need to end the divisiveness between families, between communities. We need to move forward. It’s time to bring Manitobans back together again.”

On Tuesday, pandemic capacity limits will be dropped for restaurants, licensed premises, entertainment venues, indoor and outdoor sporting events and casinos and gatherings at private residences.

They will also be removed for outdoor public gatherings.

Indoor public gathering limits will be removed if proof of vaccination is required to enter. If not, the limit will be 50 people.

Anyone age 12 to 17 who is participating in indoor sports and recreation will no longer be required to provide proof of vaccination or recent testing.

There are no changes to retail and personal services until March.

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Also as of Tuesday, unvaccinated close contacts of a person who tests positive for COVID-19 will no longer be required to self-isolate.

Public health continues to recommend self-isolation for people who live in a household with someone who has symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, but it will no longer be required.

Self-isolation requirements for people entering the province will also be discontinued. However, anyone travelling from international destinations will continue to be required to meet requirements under the federal Quarantine Act.

Public health orders restricting travel to northern Manitoba remain in place.

“Based on the information and data monitored by public health, we are seeing strong signals that the Omicron wave has peaked and is now having a reduced impact here in Manitoba,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer.

“So we are certainly turning the corner in the pandemic.”

But it is not over yet, he said, adding Manitoba is in “an important time of transition” that still requires people to get vaccinated and stay home when sick.

Though gathering limits will no longer be required, they are still strongly recommended, he said.

The changes — which are coming a week earlier than the current restrictions were initially set to expire — will include moving …….

Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-covid-19-pandemic-restrictions-1.6347862

Manitoba will eliminate capacity limits for many businesses and other venues starting Tuesday as the province aims to abolish all restrictions, including mask mandates, on March 15.

The province also intends to remove all proof of vaccination requirements on March 1, which means vaccination cards will no longer be needed.

All restrictions will end March 15, Premier Heather Stefanson said at a Friday morning news conference.

“Today we offer hope to those who have been waiting for a long time to see that light at the end of the tunnel,” she said.

“The restrictions have placed many burdens on Manitobans, and now that we see the pressure of our hospital syste…….

Manitoba will eliminate capacity limits for many businesses and other venues starting Tuesday as the province aims to abolish all restrictions, including mask mandates, on March 15.

The province also intends to remove all proof of vaccination requirements on March 1, which means vaccination cards will no longer be needed.

All restrictions will end March 15, Premier Heather Stefanson said at a Friday morning news conference.

“Today we offer hope to those who have been waiting for a long time to see that light at the end of the tunnel,” she said.

“The restrictions have placed many burdens on Manitobans, and now that we see the pressure of our hospital syste…….

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