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Manitoba’s Vaccine Passport Expands to Restaurants, Gyms; Mask Mandate Returns Saturday

August 27, 2021 3:46 PM | News

Dr. Brent Roussin

Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba chief public health officer, speaks at the Manitoba legislature in Winnipeg Wednesday, December 16, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG — Manitobans will soon need to be fully immunized against COVID-19 to dine in at a restaurant, exercise at the gym or go to a movie.

New public health orders requiring those aged 12 and over to be double-vaccinated to enjoy certain amenities will take effect Friday, September 3.

“Ensuring that people are fully immunized before attending higher-risk events, activities and services will help reduce community spread of the virus,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer.

“Already, we are seeing more of the newly identified cases are in people who have not yet been immunized, and we need to take these steps to protect them, others in their communities and the health-care system from the effects of the delta variant.”

Other settings where individuals will need to be fully immunized include:

  • Indoor and outdoor ticketed sporting events and concerts
  • Indoor theatre/dance/symphony events
  • Restaurants (indoor and patio dining)
  • Nightclubs and all other licensed premises
  • Casinos, bingo halls and VLT lounges
  • Movie theatres
  • Fitness centres, gyms and indoor sporting and recreational facilities (excluding youth recreational sport)
  • Organized indoor group recreational classes and activities, and indoor recreational businesses

Children 11 and under who are not eligible to be immunized will be able to attend events and activities with a fully immunized adult.

The province’s mask mandate for all indoor public spaces will return effective tomorrow, Saturday, at 12:01 a.m.