The hardest public well being restrictions because the begin of the pandemic got here into impact in Manitoba on Friday.
The brand new well being orders forbid folks from having any guests inside their residence, with few exceptions, and prohibit in-person gross sales of non-essential services.
In latest weeks, Manitoba has seen the very best per capita charge of latest COVID-19 infections in Canada, as medical wards and intensive care models fill with sufferers. The brand new well being orders purpose to sluggish the unfold of infections by limiting alternatives for Manitobans to work together with one another.
The restrictions will stay in place till not less than Dec. 11.
Many individuals wrote to CBC Manitoba and commented on tales asking in regards to the new orders. Listed here are solutions to among the most typical questions.
What can I nonetheless purchase in-person?
The well being orders restrict in-person purchases to important objects and companies solely (although different objects can nonetheless be ordered for supply or curbside pickup).
The province has detailed lists of which companies are allowed to proceed working beneath the well being orders, and what merchandise shops can promote.
Non-essential objects embrace something not explicitly talked about in Schedule B of the well being order.
“For certainty, this consists of jewellery, flowers, fragrance, client electronics, sporting tools, books and toys,” the order says.
Different broad classes of merchandise, comparable to clothes, are prohibited with some exceptions. The order permits for gross sales of winter outside attire and toddler clothes.
Different child-care equipment, comparable to diapers, wipes, child bottles, automobile seats and cribs, may also be offered in-store.
The order permits in-store gross sales of meals and meals merchandise, private care and well being merchandise, family cleansing merchandise, cellphones and equipment, main family home equipment, instruments and pet provides, in addition to tobacco, alcohol and hashish merchandise.
As for companies, Schedule A of the well being order outlines that are nonetheless allowed to function. Others have to shut.
For instance, regulated well being professionals, comparable to therapeutic massage therapists, can proceed to see shoppers. Non-regulated professionals, comparable to acupuncturists, can’t.
Different important companies embrace people who present lodging, and monetary or communications companies, in addition to these concerned in provide chains, transportation, building, agriculture and manufacturing.
Who can I’ve over to my home?
Generally, the orders forbid folks to have anybody inside their residence that does not usually dwell there.
An individual who lives by themselves can have designate one different one that is allowed to come back to their residence, and so they can go to the house of a chosen particular person.
For the particular person residing alone, their designated customer doesn’t need to additionally dwell alone. Nevertheless, they may nonetheless not go to a house the place a number of folks dwell.
Anybody offering well being care, private care, or cleansing companies can be allowed to enter a residence. So for instance, an individual visiting their aged dad and mom to assist with family chores, or to look after them in another means, wouldn’t violate the order.
Folks can even enter a house the place they do not dwell if they’re a mother or father or guardian visiting their little one, or if they’re there to obtain or present child-care companies.
Different exceptions embrace folks offering tutoring or training, building and renovation, supply, actual property and transferring companies, or responding to an emergency.
Can I nonetheless see folks outdoors my residence?
The elevated restrictions on gatherings solely apply to non-public residences. Provincewide public well being restrictions that got here into impact Nov. 12 restrict gatherings to 5 folks in public locations, and the brand new orders do not change that.
That permits for small occasions comparable to weddings, funerals and baptisms to happen.
It additionally implies that two pals assembly as much as go for a run, for instance, wouldn’t violate the order.
Officers nonetheless encourage folks to observe public well being recommendation, comparable to guaranteeing bodily distancing, carrying a masks, protecting a cough and washing fingers regularly.