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Manitoba dropping vaccine passports and mask mandates

Manitoba is joining Alberta, Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island in dropping its vaccine passports and mask mandate.

Premier Heather Stefanson and the province’s chief medical officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced the province’s reopening plan on Friday.

On March 1st, the province plans to remove its vaccine passport program.

On March 15th, along with all public health restrictions, the province’s mask mandate will be dropped.

“I want to thank Manitobans who have made personal, professional and financial sacrifices over the past two years, and have done their part by getting vaccinated and following the fundamentals,” said Stefanson. 

“It is because of Manitobans’ collective efforts and dedication, compassion and willingness to protect one another that we are able to move forward once again to lift restrictions and allow Manitobans to get their lives back.”

The province’s decision to remove restrictions was based on COVID-19 indicators stabilizing and improving.

Capacity limits for restaurants, licensed premises, entertainment venues, indoor and outdoor sporting events, casinos, and meetings at private residences will be scrapped beginning Tuesday, according to the provincial government.

Capacity limits for outdoor public gatherings and the requirement for unvaccinated close contacts of a person who tests positive for COVID-19 would also be removed. 

However, the province plans on continuing to enforce tough measures on Manitoban children. For schools, the mask mandate remains in place, except in physical education classes. 

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