Many exemptions to Manitoba quarantine order

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The Government of Manitoba has in place a public health order putting restrictions on interprovincial travel due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The public health order requires all non-essential travellers that are entering or returning to Manitoba to go into self-isolation for 14 days.

The province is strongly encouraging those who make interprovincial travel to get two Covid-19 tests—one on the day of arrival and another on the seventh day in the province.

Along with the public health order, there are exemptions that allow non-essential travellers to avoid having to quarantine for two weeks.

“There will continue to be exemptions for people who regularly travel to and from communities near the borders for essential purposes,” a provincial spokesperson told the World-Spectator. “Further details about interprovincial essential worker travel, border town travel and those travelling to neighbouring communities where they own property will be available later in the week when the formal orders are released. As in the spring, exemptions will be made and will be outlined when the orders are released.”

The 14 day self-isolation exemptions for travellers entering or returning to Manitoba that do not have symptoms includes:

Health care providers.

Persons transporting goods and materials into or out of the province.

Aircraft and train crew members.

Persons providing vital services (i.e. police officers, emergency service personnel, corrections officers, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, social service workers and elected officials and their staffs).

Persons travelling directly through the province if they only stop in Manitoba to obtain gasoline, food or other necessities.

Persons travelling into Manitoba for emergency medical purposes.

Persons travelling into Manitoba to facilitate shared parenting arrangements.

Players, coaches, managers, training and technical staff and medical personnel employed by, or affiliated with, a professional sports team based in Manitoba.

Cast, crew and other persons directly involved in a film production.

Persons who reside outside of Manitoba and are responsible for construction or maintenance of critical infrastructure.

Manitoba residents who regularly cross the provincial border for work, attend school, access health services, tend to their property or business or for other essential purposes if they restrict their travel to the minimum required for the purpose of their visit and limit their use of local services.

Persons who reside outside of Manitoba and are engaged in construction or maintenance of any building, structure or other project in Manitoba and the failure to complete the project would create a threat to people, property and the environment.

Persons travelling to Manitoba to participate in a trial or other judicial proceedings.

Travellers who have completed a period of isolation elsewhere in Canada and travel directly to Manitoba immediately after their isolation period ends.

Persons traveling to Manitoba to visit a family member or friend in a health care facility with a life-threatening illness or injury must self-isolate for 14 days but can visit their friend or family member in the isolation period if the health care facility authorizes the visit and the person visiting is not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.

Persons traveling to Manitoba to attend a funeral of a family member or friend must self-isolate for 14 days, but can attend the funeral during the self-isolation period to attend the funeral if they are not displaying ay symptoms of COVID-19.

Persons traveling to Manitoba to care for a seriously ill family member or friend must self-isolate for 14 days. However, if the person is not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, they can complete their required isolation at the residence of the seriously ill person and provide care to that individual, or can provide care to that individual during the isolation period.

In the early spring of 2020, Manitoba issued a similar health order and originally had police officers at border crossings to inform travellers of the Covid rules. As of Friday, January 29, there was nobody patrolling the border, nor signage regarding the public health order.

Despite the province recently loosening some lockdown restrictions—that has allowed for some businesses to re-open at a lesser capacity—Manitoba remains in code red.

Rob Paul, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The World-Spectator