Manitoba might reopen concert halls, casinos and ease other pandemic restrictions

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WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government may allow concert halls and theatres to reopen, and ease isolation rules for travellers.

The government is launching public consultations on what future public health orders might look like, although it says no time frame has been determined yet.

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin says while COVID-19 case numbers have crept up recently, the number of people in hospital has dropped.

Among the options is allowing big indoor venues, such as concert venues, theatres and casinos, to reopen with capacity limits.

The province may also no longer require domestic travellers to isolate for 14 days if they do not have symptoms and are travelling for business.

Premier Brian Pallister says the public is also being asked about when any possible changes should take effect.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 18, 2021

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