Face masks will still be required on Winnipeg transit, at city facilities – Winnipeg
The mandate for COVID masks could be lifted on Saturday, but city officials say masks will still be needed when taking a bus or going to the library.
“As part of our commitment to protect the health and safety of our residents and employees, the City of Winnipeg will continue to require face masks in all facilities and vehicles operated by the City, including while driving. of Winnipeg Transit, ”officials said in a statement Friday. .
Earlier this week, Dr Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health officer, said public health orders would be relaxed further and masks would no longer be needed, but would be strongly recommended in spaces indoor audiences.
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He also said companies are allowed to always require masks if they choose.
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The number of COVID-19 cases in Manitoba is low, with a daily trend in the 15-30 range this week, but cases caused by the Delta variant are increasing in jurisdictions surrounding the province.
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“We may need to consider public health measures” if parts of Manitoba experience Delta variant outbreaks, Roussin said.
Officials said the city’s general manager and the director of Winnipeg Transit both have the authority to require the use of face masks at facilities and on buses.
Roussin also said capacity limits are now lifted for most businesses and facilities, but the City said the increase in capacity for city-owned facilities would instead be increased over the coming weeks.
Shopping centers and stores
Local malls and some stores have said they will not require masks inside their properties.
St. Vital Center, Grant Park, Polo Park and Kildonan Place have all told Global News that masks will not be required inside their malls, but some stores may still need them.
“The mall itself will not impose masks, but retailers can choose to maintain mask warrants in their individual stores; it’s entirely at their discretion, ”said a spokesperson for Center St. Vital.
Meanwhile, Walmart and Save-On-Foods say masks aren’t mandatory for customers, but they encourage people to wear them if they choose.
Walmart said its employees will still need to wear masks during their shift.
Global News has contacted several other big box and grocery stores for information.
Several local stores have already told Global News that they will need masks when shopping there.
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