More store openings and household visits may be allowed under Manitoba COVID-19 rules

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WINNIPEG — Manitoba is considering allowing more store openings and social gatherings under its COVID-19 public-health orders.

With case numbers dropping in recent weeks, the province is proposing a looser set of rules that could take effect by the end of the week, subject to public feedback.

One change would let non-essential stores reopen with capacity limits.

Another change would allow barber shops, hair salons, podiatrists and other health services to resume operations.

The province is also looking at easing a ban on most home gatherings, allowing two visitors inside and up to five visitors on outdoor private property.

Manitoba's chief public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, says the changes would likely only be made in southern and central Manitoba, because COVID-19 case numbers remain high in the northern health region.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 19, 2021

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