Vaccine and mask mandates coming for many provincial workers, indoor spaces in Manitoba – CBC

New rules coming in response to threat posed by more contagious delta variant, premier says

Aug 24, 2021

Most provincial health-care employees, teachers and child-care workers will have to be fully vaccinated, and masks will be required in indoor public settings, including schools, in Manitoba, Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin announced Tuesday.

The province will also expand the list of activities and services that can only be accessed if an individual is fully immunized.

The new rules are coming in response to the threat posed by the more contagious delta variant, Pallister said.

While COVID-19 cases in Manitoba remain relatively low, other provinces are seeing a sharp increase in case numbers driven largely by the delta variant.

Pandemic modelling predicts B.C. could see up to 10,000 cases per day within weeks, while Ontario anticipates as many as 7,000 cases per day by mid-October, Pallister said.

“We’re in a serious situation. We’re taking pre-emptive action, because we want to avoid the magnitude of what we saw in the second and third wave,” he said.

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