Manitoba bans outdoor social gatherings as COVID-19 case count hits new record

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WINNIPEG — Manitoba is banning social gatherings between members of different households as it faces a record number of new COVID-19 cases.

Chief public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, says even in outdoor areas such as parks and golf courses, people must now only interact with members of their own household.

Roussin says the government has little choice because of rising case counts and a surge in demand for intensive care beds.

The province had already banned indoor social visits inside private homes, and has other restrictions including a ban on indoor dining at restaurants.

Health officials are reporting 603 more COVID-19 cases — more than 40 above the previous one-day record set last week — and three deaths.

Manitoba's intensive care units are at record levels, and three patients this week were sent to Ontario to free up bed space.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 20, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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