Manitoba Toughens Restrictions

Manitoba has further toughened restrictions meant to stem the spread of COVID-19. The province, which has the highest per capita infection rate in Canada is tightening the rules for social gatherings and shopping. “COVID-19 case numbers are very concerning, to put it mildly,” Premier Brian Pallister said Thursday as the province reported 475 new infections and eight deaths. Starting Friday, stores could only sell essential items inside and had to close off sections that offer non-essential goods such as consumer electronics. Capacity in big box stores was be limited to 25 per cent of capacity or 250 people, whichever is less.