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Friday, January 28, 2022

Manitoba may face new restrictions as early as next week

Manitoba may face new restrictions in the coming weeks

Key takeaways:

  • As the COVID-19 case count continues to climb, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer says new restrictions could be implemented soon.
  • Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, said the province’s testing capacity is at capacity.

Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer says new restrictions could be implemented soon as the COVID-19 case count continues to rise.

Due to the pandemic, Pasquale’s Italian Ristorante has been relatively quiet during what is normally a very busy time of year.

“Traditionally, it’s a great time of year for us,” Pasquale’s owner Joe Loschiavo said.

“Very busy, a lot of parties, a lot of catering, and everything came to a halt with you the latest announcements and news.”

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Manitoba announced a total of 742 new COVID-19 cases at a press conference on Friday morning.

Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, said the province’s testing capacity is at capacity.

He pointed out a 10,000-test backlog, which is why the province is advising young and healthy people to skip getting tested unless they are experiencing symptoms.

“You may have omicron if you have respiratory symptoms, cold-like symptoms, or flu-like symptoms. You have the option of staying at home and isolating yourself. You don’t have to get tested if you don’t want to, “Roussin stated.

Roussin hinted at new restrictions coming next week, though he was short on details.

“So, moving forward, we’re looking at all of the different aspects of what the orders could look like, and we’ll share details as soon as we have them,” he said.

The rules governing large gatherings, such as sporting events, will be changing, according to Roussin.

The Winnipeg Jets, who are already playing at half-capacity, will return to the ice on Monday and maybe further impacted if new restrictions are imposed.

Manitoba may face new restrictions in the coming weeks
Manitoba may face new restrictions in the coming weeks. Winnipeg Free Press

True North Sports and Entertainment issued the following statement:

“We understand and agree with the province’s position on assisting in the control of covid-19 in Manitoba.

The situation is fluid, and we’re considering a variety of options, but we can’t confirm a change in plans at this time.”

When CTV News spoke with some Winnipeg residents, they all agreed that the new restrictions should have been put in place sooner.

“I believe the province should have acted much sooner because they knew this was going to happen, Omicron,” Doug Warkentin said.

“They should act sooner to protect the health of the province,” Pauline Gilbert said.

“The province, in my opinion, should have acted sooner. I believe there were earlier warning signs. The sooner, the better, so that people can reschedule their vacations or make other plans, “Joskey Chammah expressed his thoughts.

On the other hand, new restrictions could be difficult for businesses that the pandemic, such as restaurants have harmed.

“It’s not an easy decision,” Loschiavo says, “but depending on what the province wants to do, we’re looking at another full closure.”

Source: CTV News

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