Manitoba has declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state of emergency is in place for the next 30 days and prohibits any public gathering of more than 50 people. Retail stores that remain open must ensure people stay two metres apart while shopping.
The measure also limits any restaurant or theatre to having 50 people inside or 50 per cent of the capacity of the building, whichever is less. They must also be able to ensure social distancing between customers.
All bingo and gaming events have been closed, as have all gyms, fitness centres and athletic clubs.
"This decision was not made lightly. However, we must continue to use every tool available to ‘flatten the curve’ and reduce the spread of COVID-19 on our communities and our health-care system," said Premier Brian Pallister during a Friday morning press conference. "Our government is focused solely on the health and safety of all Manitobans. This move will enable us to react more quickly on a broad range of supportive measures to stop the spread for COVID-19 and ensure that essential services are available for all Manitobans during this global health pandemic."
More to come.