Manitoba Post StaffNews

WINNIPEG – Premier Brian Pallister says Phase Two of the plan to re-open Manitoba will proceed as scheduled next Monday.

“I want to thank Manitobans for their input and as a result of these discussions and advice from public health experts, we are in a position to move forward with phase two of our plan to safely restore our services,” said Pallister.

As of June 1st, limited access to educational facilities, where physical distancing can be maintained, will be allowed for additional tutorial days, such as one-on-one learning, assessment and specific programming. Manitoba Education will continue planning and consulting with school divisions and other education stakeholders.

The Phase Two plan was revised from the original draft released May 21st. The changes include:

  • detailed guidance for post-secondary educational institutions and vocational colleges;
  • removing occupancy limits for therapeutic and health-care services;
  • detailed guidance for senior’s clubs;
  • additional details on requirements for the safe operation of splash pads;
  • updated guidance for community centres;
  • the reopening of arts and cultural activities, such as dance, art and theatre;
  • clarifications on the opening of bars, beverage rooms, brew pubs, micro-brewers and distilleries to allow sites that do not serve food to open, as well as updated guidance from public health that all patrons must be seated at tables and stand-up service is not allowed; and
  • detailed public health guidelines for film productions.
  • A number of measures initially outlined in the draft plan for Phase Two can resume effective June 1st including:

  • increasing child-care centre occupancy to up to 24 children plus staffing;
  • increasing day camp group sizes to 24;
  • resuming sports, arts and cultural activities for children and adults;
  • lifting occupancy limits at outdoor recreation facilities and golf courses outdoors, as long as physical distancing can be maintained and allowing limited access to indoor spaces;
  • allowing direct travel to northern parks, campgrounds, cabins, lodges and resorts while ensuring physical distancing;
  • allowing public/private swimming pools, spas, fitness clubs, gyms and community/service centres to reopen with some limitations;
  • allowing religious or other organizations to hold outdoor services or events without limitation on numbers if people stay in their vehicles;
  • reopening manicurists and pedicurists, tattoo parlours, estheticians, cosmetologists, electrologists and tanning parlours at 50 per cent capacity;
  • allowing restaurants to reopen indoor spaces at 50 per cent capacity and continue to offer patio services at that capacity level; and
  • allowing bars, beverage rooms, micro-brewers and similar businesses to operate patio service at 50 per cent of site capacity and to reopen indoor spaces at 50 per cent capacity.