Non-Critical Businesses Closed: Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced a new public health order that will require all non-critical services in the province to close from April 1 to 14 in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. To view a full list of businesses that can stay open, click here.
Economic Aid: There is a COVID-19 Emergency Supplement to the province’s 2020 budget including an increase to the Fiscal Stabilization Fund. Overall, Manitoba has nearly $1 billion of financial flexibility to address the challenge of COVID-19, if required
Premier Brian Pallister announced additional measures taken by the provincial government to help individuals that pay rent and those who are renting to others. First, the province is freezing all rent increases that were set to come into effect April 1, 2020 or later. Second, the province is postponing all non-urgent eviction hearings at the Residential Tenancies Branch and the Residential Tenancies Commission until the end of May. This measure includes all new hearings and any hearings that had been scheduled previously.
Closures / Restrictions: Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, Dr. Brent Roussin announced, effective Monday March 30, 2020, the province will be limiting public gatherings to no more than 10 people. The new measure does not apply to facilities where health care or social services are provided. In addition, retail businesses and public transit must ensure that there can be 2 metres of separation between patrons.
Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, alongside Chief Nursing Officer for Shared Health, Lanette SiragusaThe province announced that the province is putting non-essential and routine diagnostic testing on hold until further notice. Public health orders that were delivered earlier this week remain in place, applying only to public places at this time.
Minister of Education, Kelvin Goertzen announced the suspension of classroom learning for kindergarten to Grade 12 students indefinitely for this school year. No student will return to in-school classes but will be expected to engage in e-learning activities. All students on track to graduate will do so.
COVID Countermeasures: Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced the Government of Manitoba is investing in mental health, introducing a program to help address anxiety caused by COVID-19.
Premier Brian Pallister alongside Minister Friesen, Health, Senior and Active Living has issued an order under The Regulated Health Professions Act to enable the registrar of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba to waive or modify registration requirements for former registered nurses. The order will allow former nurses to return to the workforce with fewer registration hurdles.