Manitoba implements new restrictions, Health minister warns of more restrictions if new restrictions don’t reduce cases

On Friday, November 12, 2021, the province of Manitoba announced new COVID-19 measures with focus on youth sports, unvaccinated religious event goers, and hospital capacities.

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The Manitoba government says that “Manitoba is taking additional steps to help curb the spread of the virus in the fourth wave of the pandemic,”. 

The new restrictions will include mandated that children between the ages of 12 to 17 either be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo regular testing for indoor sports starting December 6. 

The new measures also establish limits on religious congregations of 25 people, with limited exceptions, and go into effect on November 13.

The government of Manitoba says that,

“Religious gatherings are limited to 25 people unless the facility can physically divide the space into separate areas, in which case several cohorts of up to 25 can attend the same service. However, the total number of attendees at a service may not exceed 25 per cent of facility capacity, to a maximum of 250 people. Cohorts must not mingle, masks must be worn and physical distancing rules apply.”

However, the government says that religious services that only allow vaccinated (fully immunized) members will not have a capacity limit. 

The government of Manitoba says that these new restrictions “allow fully vaccinated Manitobans to enjoy as much freedom and as few restrictions as possible, while unvaccinated individuals continue to be restricted in their activities in order to reduce transmission and the most serious outcomes.”

However, in an interview with Rosemary Barton, Manitoba Health Minister Audrey Gorden said that if the new restrictions do not result in lower COVID-19 infections that she won’t hesitate to impose tougher restrictions. 

“I could be out next week making changes if we see the uptick [of COVID-19 cases] continue,” Gorden said in an interview on Sunday to Rosemary Barton. 

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