Additional public health orders come into effect in Manitoba, as of Saturday, May 22 at 12:01 AM until 12:01 AM, Wednesday, May 26:
- outdoor gatherings with anyone from outside a household are no longer allowed and this applies to all recreation spaces including playgrounds, golf courses, parks and sports fields; and
- only one person per household will be allowed to enter a business, with some exceptions, such as a single parent with children, or someone who requires a caregiver.
“We are still seeing case numbers in our province that are far too high,” said Roussin. “I know it is tough for us all when we have to tighten restrictions, but everyone needs to understand that we are at a critical point with this virus. We are seeing more and more people in ICU, especially younger people. We need to lower these case numbers. This long weekend is not the time to gather with friends.”
Meanwhile, as Manitobans prepare to enjoy the May long weekend, reminder that anyone heading to provincial parks, campgrounds or cottages should continue to practice social distancing and follow the fundamentals of safety for COVID-19. This is especially important in public areas such as campgrounds, trails, beaches, playgrounds, washrooms and shower buildings.
- Current Manitoba public health restrictions do not allow visitors to campsites unless they are from campers’ immediate households. Rules for campsites are the same as for private residences. Outdoor gatherings with people from outside your household are not permitted.
- Face masks must be worn inside buildings including washrooms, offices, visitor centre, and shelters.
- As a precaution, campers should also bring their own hand sanitizer. Remember to wash hands and use an alcohol-based sanitizer regularly.
- Practice ‘Leave No Trace’ camping and pack out everything packed in including trash and recycling.
- Manitobans who feel unwell should stay at home, and return home immediately if they become ill or experience symptoms that may be related to COVID-19. Do not use local health-care providers unless it is an emergency, in order to avoid overwhelming health facilities in small communities.
Level 2 backcountry and fire restrictions remain in place across southern Manitoba. In addition, in provincial parks south of the 53rd parallel:
- all trails and water routes remain closed;
- campfires are now permitted from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. in approved fire pits only at eastern region provincial parks (including Whiteshell, Nopiming, Moose Lake, St. Malo), as well as at Birds Hill, Grand Beach, Spruce Woods and Turtle Mountain provincial parks; and
- no campfires are permitted at any time in all other provincial parks south of the 53rd parallel; CSA-approved gas appliances are permitted.
Conservation officers will enforce public health and state of emergency orders within provincial parks, and park patrols, attendants, interpreters and beach safety services will provide education and monitor compliance.
Cottagers are reminded to limit the number of additional contacts made as part of their trips. That means gathering supplies and fueling up near home if possible, and avoiding extra stops along the way. In addition, stay home if feeling sick.
Another important annual reminder for campers: because the emerald ash borer has been confirmed in Winnipeg, firewood cannot be moved out of Winnipeg. Anyone caught transporting firewood could be charged and fined up to $1,300 for individuals or $15,000 for businesses. Firewood is available for purchase from retailers at campgrounds.