Current public health orders have been extended for another three weeks in an effort to maintain Manitoba’s positive response to the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Health and Elderly Care Minister Audrey Gordon and the Dr. Brent Roussin, Chief Public Health Officer for the province, announced today.
âManitoba must remain vigilant in its fight against COVID-19 and the fourth wave,â said Gordon. âOur numbers of cases, hospital admissions and intensive care continue to fluctuate, but we must remain firm in our approach with the current public health orders that we have in place. We know that vaccination works … to end the pandemic completely, we must all do our part and get vaccinated.
The municipalities of Cartier, Headingley, Macdonald, Ritchot (Niverville-Ritchot), Saint-FranÃ§ois Xavier and Tache are geographically located in the Southern Health-SantÃ© Sud health region. Since their vaccination rates are more consistent with those in the capital region of Winnipeg, as well as their proximity and regular travel to Winnipeg, the new public health orders will see these selected municipalities treated as Winnipeg and the rest of the region. province. All other public health orders remain unchanged.
The province says these orders continue to allow fully vaccinated Manitobans to enjoy as much freedom and as few restrictions as possible, while unvaccinated people continue to be restricted in their activities to reduce transmission and the most serious consequences. This includes:
limit private gatherings inside households to guests from another household when an unvaccinated person eligible for vaccination is present on the property (even if the unvaccinated person lives there);
limit private outdoor gatherings for households to 10 guests when an unvaccinated person eligible for vaccination is present on the property (even if the unvaccinated person lives there);
reduce the size of indoor public gathering groups to 25 people or 25 percent of capacity, whichever is less, for gatherings that include unvaccinated people who are eligible to be vaccinated, including weddings and funeral;
setting the size of indoor groups for faith-based gatherings at 25 people or 33% of capacity, whichever is greater, for gatherings including unvaccinated people eligible for vaccination.
limit all sizes of outdoor public gatherings to 50 people; and
Retail capacity remains at 50 percent in the Southern Health-SantÃ© Sud health region, with the exception of communities in the capital region to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in that region.
âTreating these municipalities like Winnipeg makes sense, given their higher vaccination rates as well as their daily commute and proximity to the city,â Roussin said. âWe need Manitobans across the province to step up and get vaccinated against COVID-19. We continue to monitor several indicators such as vaccination rates, test positivity rate, number of cases and the pressure on our health system to determine our next steps and develop contingency plans if necessary. “
The new orders will go into effect on Tuesday, October 26 at 12:01 a.m. and will be in effect until November 16. Orders will maintain the pandemic response system at Restricted (Orange) with schools at Caution (Yellow).
All other public health orders remain unchanged. For more information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19.
Fully vaccinated Manitobans now eligible for proof of pan-Canadian vaccination
Meanwhile, Manitobans who are fully vaccinated can now apply to receive proof of pan-Canadian vaccination (PVC), which can be used when traveling within the country or abroad, said Central Services Minister Reg Helwer and Health and Elderly Care Minister Audrey Gordon. today.
âManitoba is a leader in this critical area, offering the first secure immunization card in the country that allowed our province to safely reopen, keep our schools, businesses and places of worship open, protect our hospitals and healthcare staff, and provided additional benefits to fully immunized Manitobans, âHelwer said. âThe addition of the national title is an important next step in supporting the safe resumption of travel within Canada and abroad for those who are fully immunized. “
The pan-Canadian proof of vaccination uses a QR code that will be recognized across the country, Helwer noted. Individuals who currently have a Manitoba Immunization Card or are eligible for a card can visit Immunization Card.Manitoba.ca to apply for their PVC. It will then be emailed in PDF format, which can be printed or available digitally.
âOver 83 percent of eligible Manitobans are now fully vaccinated and eligible to request their Manitoba and Canada-wide vaccination QR codes,â Gordon said. “In Wave 4, it remains vital that even more Manitobans receive their first and second doses to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect themselves and loved ones from the virus.”
The ministers noted that the provincial government strongly recommends that people continue to use the Manitoba vaccination card while in the province. The PVC includes more information, such as date of birth, date of vaccination and brand of vaccine received. The Manitoba immunization card does not contain any personal health information, which better protects privacy.
The Manitoba vaccination card application will be updated in November to include PVC. At that point, people using the app will be able to switch between them and choose which to present to a location or business. The province’s verification app will also be updated in November to read QR codes on national credentials. This means businesses and other sites won’t have to change the way they check immunization status as the federal card is used more and more. In the meantime, Manitobans traveling in the first weeks of November can visit Immunization Card.Manitoba.ca to request a PDF version of the PVC, which will be emailed.
For more information or to apply in Manitoba, visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immunization-record.html. For more information on PVC, including where it can be used, visit: www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/canadian-covid-19-proof-vaccination.html.