Any loosening of COVID-19 rules in Manitoba could be subtle, health official says

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WINNIPEG — A Manitoba health official says the province is unlikely to see a major loosening of COVID-19 restrictions when the current public health orders expire at the end of next week.

Dr. Jazz Atwal, the deputy chief public health officer, says no final decision has been made but any changes will likely be subtle.

The province is still reporting hundreds of new cases each day and is having to free up intensive care beds by shipping some patients to other provinces.

The current public health orders forbid social gatherings between households, indoors and out, except for people who live alone.

Museums, churches, gyms and theatres are closed while stores are limited to 10 per cent of normal capacity.

Health officials are reporting 329 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 4, 2021

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