‘Let’s just be absolutely clear’: Roussin says Manitobans need to stay home despite eased gathering limits

WINNIPEG — Despite an apparent walk-back on restrictions that ordered Manitobans not to socialize with anyone outside their household, Manitoba’s top doctor says the message is clear – stay home.

When the Province of Manitoba first introduced health orders that came into effect Thursday morning, officials said gatherings would be limited to household members only.

However, late Wednesday the province reversed-course, with the public orders now stating that gatherings are limited to five people. This applies to ceremonies including weddings, funerals, banquets, and receptions.

Roussin said Manitobans need to stay home, regardless of what the health order says.

“It is unfortunate that there’s been some confusion regarding these orders because the message has and continues to be clear – the message is stay home, the message is do not socialize outside your household,” Roussin said on Thursday.

He said the public health orders are a tool and need to be “black and white” which makes it hard to account for a “myriad of possibilities that occur in day-to-day life.”

“The orders are clear related to who can be fined, but let’s just be absolutely clear that the message from public health is to stay home, leave for essential reasons only, only socialize with those inside your household.”

This is a developing story. More to come.

-with files from CTV’s Charles Lefebvre and Renee Rodgers

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