Manitoba’s pandemic response leaders will hold a joint news conference Monday, one day before new COVID-19 restrictions targeting unvaccinated people begin.
Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, and Dr. Joss Reimer, medical lead of the province’s vaccine task force, will hold a joint news conference at 12:30 p.m. CT. CBC News will live stream the briefing on our website.
The new rules reduce capacity limits on gatherings that include people who are eligible to receive the vaccine but have not yet been fully vaccinated.
Starting Tuesday, indoor private gatherings will be restricted to two households and outdoor gatherings on private property will be capped at 10 people if any unvaccinated person who is eligible for the shot is in attendance.
Indoor public spaces are limited to 25 people or 25 per cent capacity, whichever is lower, if someone who chooses to remain unvaccinated is present.
Indoor faith-based gatherings that don’t require proof of vaccination will be reduced to 25 people or 33 per cent capacity, whichever is greater.
In the Southern Health region, which has a disproportionately large number of COVID-19 cases and the lowest vaccination rate in the province, businesses will be limited to 50 per cent capacity.
Public health officials say the rules are needed to blunt the impact of the fourth wave of the pandemic and protect the health-care system.
On Friday, the last time the province released updated COVID-19 data, there were 92 people in hospital due to COVID-19, including 19 in intensive care.
There were a total of 97 patients in intensive care units in Manitoba; the pre-pandemic baseline capacity was 72.