WINNIPEG — New public health orders that require people to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 to enjoy certain amenities will take effect Friday in Manitoba.
Included in the new orders is a reduction in the outdoor gathering limit from 1,500 to 500, however, a grace period will allow for larger outdoor gatherings over the long weekend and not take effect until Tuesday, September 7. Summer fairs and festivals are included in the reduced limit, but events may be able to operate above 500 people if approved by public health.
“These orders will inform and guide us as we work to avoid the most serious effects of a fourth wave, and address the threat posed by the delta variant,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer.
“By continuing to encourage Manitobans to get vaccinated, and supporting businesses and services as they take the steps to comply with these orders, we can work together to get through these difficult times.”
People will be required to show their so-called vaccine passport to participate in the following events and activities:
• 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 business
Children born after December 31, 2009 who are not eligible to be immunized will be able to attend events and activities with a fully immunized adult.
Dr. Roussin says the vaccine requirement will also be extended to food courts, but won’t take effect until September 7. Also included in the grace period are weddings and funerals, which will be required to ask for proof of vaccination if they are held in licensed facilities. Museums and galleries will be allowed to open, but will be required to ask for proof of vaccination from visitors to access indoor areas as of September 7.
A summary of changes outlined in the new public health orders can be found below: