Face masks will be mandatory in public places in the Prairie Mountain Health region. The province’s announcement that more restrictions and the use of face masks will be implemented in southwestern Manitoba to help curtail a COVID-19 outbreak was met with mixed reactions in the region.
The province announced restrictions under its new color-coded COVID-19 risk assessment system for the Prairie Mountain Health region – which covers a wide swath of southwestern Manitoba, including Brandon.
Starting Monday, gathering sizes in the region will be limited to 10 people, whether indoors or outdoors, and face masks will be mandatory in public places.
According to Manitoba’s chief public health officer, more clusters, a higher test positivity rate and a number of large potential exposures at beaches and parks in the region led to the decision to raise the region’s response level to orange, or the “restricted” level in the new system.
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