Loosened COVID-19 restrictions will result in more of a return to normalcy, including 100% capacity outdoor events like performing arts and Bomber games.
By Donovan Martin Jr.
Chief Public Health Officer Brent Roussin and Premier Brian Pallister stated in a press release that restrictions will loosen further Saturday, July 26, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. Manitobans have already surpassed vaccination milestones months ahead of schedule, with over 77% of people aged 12 and up having their first dose, and 58%, having their second. This is more than 1.7 million vaccines.
The following are some of the many notable changes in restrictions include:
- Groups of 25 people may gather outdoors in public spaces
- Gym and fitness centers can open at 25% capacity with masks worn at all times
- Outdoor weddings and funerals may have up to 150 visitors in addition to officiants and photographers
- Libraries may open to 50% capacity or 150 people, whichever is lower
- Faith-based organizations and events may open to 50% capacity or 150 people, whichever is lower
- Large-scale sports or performing arts events outdoors can open up to 100% capacity (allowing for the Blue Bombers game on August 5th)
Discussions are now underway to allow fully vaccinated people to visit casinos and museums. For a full list of new restrictions go to the Manitoba Government website.
To increase vaccination rates, many supersites are offering walk-in vaccinations with refreshment incentives such as juice boxes and lemonade. On July 14, 2021, at the RBC Centre, a ‘vax-a-thon’ took place resulting in nearly 20,000 shots made.
Dr. Roussin reminds Manitobans that COVID-19 is still of grand importance. He encourages handwashing and diligence to ensure safety. Thankfully, with the vaccination rates increasing at an exceptional pace, a return to complete normalcy in Manitoba is expected to arrive soon.