Manitoba moves into code red COVID-19 restrictions

Officials are trying to alleviate COVID-19 pressures on its healthcare system

Manitoba’s premier and top doctor are close to locking down the entire province.

Premier Brian Pallister made the announcement Tuesday morning with Manitoba’s Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin, suggesting the province is at a crossroads in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials there will move the entire province into the red on Thursday.

The move means churches, gyms and most retail shops will have to close and social contact must be reduced to members of your household.

Manitoba reported over 2,000 COVID-19 cases in the past week

Peel region was placed under similar restrictions by Ontario Premier Doug Ford over the weekend.

The catagorization is one below a full-out lockdown.

Premier Doug Ford did not mince words about the situation in Peel.

“The numbers that we are seeing in Peel and specifically Brampton they are just going through the roof. It is out of control right now and we have to react,” Ford said during his daily COVID-19 briefing on Friday. “These are the tough decisions I absolutely hate making but at the end of the day I have to make these decisions.”

Simcoe Muskoka is in the yellow category. This classification is one below the standard green measure and means there is enhanced enforcement and fines, as well as education to limit transmission.