Manitoba accelerates its reopening plans


By Banner Staff

Manitoba has announced a major shift in its public health orders effective Tuesday, Feb. 15. Premier Heather Stefanson announced on Friday, Feb. 11 several major changes to the requirements, including:

New public health orders coming into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15 that will move all of Manitoba to the Yellow (Caution) level under the Pandemic Response System;

Capacity limits will be eliminated in venues such as restaurants, licensed premises, entertainment venues, indoor and outdoor sporting events and casinos, as well as gatherings at private residences;

Capacity limits will be removed for outdoor public gatherings but will be limited to 50 people indoors unless proof of vaccination is required;

Young people ages 12 to 17 participating in indoor sports and recreation will no longer be required to provide proof of vaccination or recent testing. There are no changes to retail and personal service;

The removal of proof of vaccination requirements effective March 1. 

Mask requirements and other restrictions will be lifted effective March 15.

“I want to thank Manitobans who have made personal, professional and financial sacrifices over the past two years, and have done their part by getting vaccinated and following the fundamentals,” said Stefanson. “It is because of Manitobans’ collective efforts and dedication, compassion and willingness to protect one another that we are able to move forward once again to lift restrictions and allow Manitobans to get their lives back.”