Liquor on golf courses among tweaks to Manitoba health order, but that’s it for 3 weeks

Manitoba’s pandemic public health orders will remain largely unchanged until the end of the month, except for some minor tweaks announced Thursday.

The new health orders will allow liquor cart sales on golf courses and increase the maximum attendance at self-help meetings to 25. Those changes will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday.

The orders are being extended to April 30 because of increasing test positivity rates and the risk posed by more contagious coronavirus variants, the province said in a news release.

In the last round of changes, the province increased the limit on outdoor gatherings at public places, weddings and funerals to 25 people from 10, and capacity at retail stores rose to from 250 people to 500 people, up to 50 per cent capacity.

On Thursday, the province also updated guidelines for personal care home visitors, to allow for up to two general visitors to visit a resident at the same time outdoors, or one general visitor in a COVisitation shelter or designated indoor visitation room.

Visitors must wear a medical-grade mask, which will be provided by the facility.

In-room visitations are still limited to designated family caregivers, or in cases where a resident is dying. 

The news comes two weeks after provincial health officials said they’d decided against moving Manitoba out of the red level on the pandemic restrictions scale, partly due to concerns about the rising number of variants of concern.

On Thursday, health officials announced 40 newly detected cases of the more contagious variants, bringing the total number of confirmed variant cases to 339.

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