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Monday, December 6, 2021

Businesses in Manitoba are on edge as prospective public health limitations loom

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  • The staff at Ambience Hair Studio in Winnipeg is getting ready for the busiest season of the year.
  • Throughout the second pandemic wave last year, Manitoba was put under lockdown during the holiday season. 
  • Davidson believes they will be focused on private meetings and unvaccinated individuals rather than companies.

Businesses in Manitoba are on alert as another round of public health limitations looms.

The staff at Ambience Hair Studio in Winnipeg is getting ready for the busiest season of the year.

“We’re looking forward to the New Year and Christmas,” owner Merri Tekle remarked.

Throughout the second pandemic wave last year, Manitoba was put under lockdown during the holiday season. For the time being, the economy is open. However, Tekle and her crew are on edge after hearing that more limitations are on the way.

“To be honest, it’s terrifying; we’re all terrified, and it’s the holidays.” “We’re hoping for a good turnout,” Tekle added.

The province has scheduled a Friday update to the public health orders, according to CTV News Winnipeg.

This comes just one day after Dr Brent Roussin, the chief provincial public health officer, said that more limits could be imposed due to the rising Covid-19 case count. Furthermore, he claimed that if nothing is done, the healthcare system will once again be swamped.

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“As we negotiate this fourth wave, we’ll need to urge Manitobans for even more adherence and cooperation,” Roussin said.

Premier Heather Stefanson refused to reveal what changes are on the way on Wednesday but said the province must act in Manitobans’ best interests and safety.

“We are aware that our numbers are increasing, and this is required to ensure that Manitobans are protected,” Stefanson said.

According to Chuck Davidson, Roussin’s announcement on Wednesday caught the business community off stride, president of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce.

“A lot of company owners in this province are scared right now because they don’t know what these limits are going to be,” Davidson added.

If further limitations are needed, Davidson believes they will be focused on private meetings and unvaccinated individuals rather than companies.

“I believe that this year’s Christmas would be robbed from those who have not been vaccinated. “I believe those who have been double-vaccinated should be able to go about their business as usual,” Davidson said.

Tekle said she could live with certain new health regulations as long as they aren’t too harsh.

“I think it’ll be fine as long as we don’t go back to a lockdown.”

Source: CTV News

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