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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Some Winkler stores are defying public health orders

Some Winkler stores are defying public health orders

Key takeawyas:

  • As the province begins to tighten restrictions on Tuesday, some residents in Morden and Winkler believe there is a disregard for the rules that are already in place.
  • Premier Stefanson said on Tuesday that some Manitobans believe there is a lack of enforcement, but that is not the case.

Some residents in Morden and Winkler believe there is a disregard for the rules that are already in place as the province begins to tighten restrictions on Tuesday.

Susan Brown lives in Morden but does most of her shopping in Winkler’s Superstore.

Many of the customers, she said, were not following the public health orders when she was in the store last week.

“There were groups of people who weren’t masked, and every second person didn’t have a mask.” “I often wonder if they go there just to show off the fact that they aren’t wearing a mask,” Brown said.

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When she expressed her displeasure with an employee’s disregard for the mask mandate, she was met with silence.

She explained that there aren’t many grocery stores in Morden.

“I’ve tried not to shop in Winkler,” Brown explained, “but it’s the only place I can go unless I want to drive an hour.”

Customers at the Winkler Walmart and the Winkler Superstore were seen not wearing masks, according to photos shared with CTV.

Mayor Martin Harder of Winkler said he sees very few people without masks when he goes shopping, but that enforcement in Superstore has been lacking.

“They are refusing to enforce the existing restrictions.” “It’s a business decision, and we can’t be there handing out tickets to everyone who walks around without a mask,” Harder explained.

The town of Winkler also has several mobile signs around town spreading misinformation about the vaccine and downplaying the severity of COVID-19, with slogans such as ‘Vaccines Kill’ and ‘Fear is the Real Pandemic.’

“They need to be taken down,” Harder said. “I’m disappointed because I know some of them have been removed.”

Premier Stefanson said on Tuesday that some Manitobans believe there is a lack of enforcement, but that is not the case.

“Around 68 percent of the tickets issued between October and December of this year were in Southern Health alone.” As a result, we are taking this very seriously. “I don’t want anyone to think we’re not serious about enforcement,” Stefanson said.

Brown believes that more law enforcement is needed in her neighborhood.

“It feels like the province has abandoned us because the cops aren’t here.” “Restrictions are meaningless if they aren’t enforced, and that’s what I’ve been living in for the past two years,” Brown said.

CTV has reached out to the province’s Minister of Justice and Superstore and Walmart for more information, and we will update this story as more information becomes available.

Source: CTV News

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