Manitoba's Second Reopening Phase Is One Of Canada's Most Open Plans So Far
Nail salons, swimming pools, gyms and community centres are included.
Life is slowly starting to get back to normal. Reopening in Canada looks a lot different across the country and Manitoba's second phase is pretty intense. Some of the stuff is in other provinces' third phases.
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced a draft plan for the province's second reopening phase.
A lot would be included in this easing of restrictions.
Bars and restaurants would be able to have people inside at 50% capacity, and the same goes for patios.
Manicurists, pedicurists, estheticians, and cosmetologists, along with tattoo and tanning parlours, would be allowed to operate. All of these would be open at 50% capacity.
Schools could be reopened in a limited way to allow one-on-one learning and assessment.
Swimming pools, spas, gyms, fitness clubs and community centres would open with some limitations.
Childcare centre and day camp group occupancy could be increased to 24.
Sports for kids and adults would be allowed to resume, with occupancy limits lifted for outdoor recreational facilities, as long as physical distancing happens.
Organizations, like religious ones, can hold services outside, with no limits on how many people can gather as long as they stay in their cars.
Film productions can resume too, with physical distancing measures in place.
This second phase could take effect on June 1.
Again, Manitoba's plan for the second phase includes the reopening of things that are part of some provinces' third phases.
In B.C., the film industry and schools are slated to start up again in phase three, which is expected to be from June to September.
New Brunswick's third phase includes personal services businesses, swimming pools, saunas, waterparks, gyms and low-contact team sports.
No date is attached to that phase. The province is still in its second one.
In P.E.I., phase three of reopening is also expected to start on June 1, and includes a bunch of things in Manitoba's second phase.
Newfoundland & Labrador's third phase doesn't even include the opening of bars or gyms and fitness facilities.
Manitoba's second phase of reopening depends on advice from the province's Chief Public Health Officer and the number of new cases that are confirmed before then.
"We do not want a COVID comeback and our number one priority during this unprecedented global pandemic has been keeping you and your loved ones safe and ensuring a healthy Manitoba, not just today, but well into the future as well," Pallister said during a press conference.
As of 1:00 p.m. CT on May 21, there are 290 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Manitoba, with 265 of those considered recovered.