Canadian city Winnipeg shuts its bars and Restros in the wake of increased cases of coronavirus

Cases of coronavirus have been surging in Canada. Bars and casinos in the Canadian city of Winnipeg will remain closed for two weeks and markets. Also, restaurants will subdue their capacities to half, Manitoba health officials spoke on Friday. This was done in attempting to slow rising COVID-19 infections. Groups will be restricted to five people outside a household, down from 10. The restrictions will take effect on Monday in the city of nearly 800,000 residents.

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Manitoba, with a population of 1.4 million, had seen among the fewest infections among provinces, but that turned in autumn. The region now has the greatest rate of active cases per capita, although its case count is well below the more populous provinces of Quebec, Ontario and Alberta. Canada’s infections have risen steadily since September, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has described it as a second wave. The problem in Manitoba grew as people socialized even while sick, going to parties and work, said Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health officer.

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He said, “These numbers show we have lost our way,” he said. “We need to make changes now.” Health Minister Cameron Friesen said people became complacent this summer when Manitoba went weeks without a new confirmed infection. “There was too much high-fiving going on,” he said. Ontario announced new measures that will take effect in York region, north of Toronto, beginning on Monday. The region will join the cities of Ottawa, Toronto and the nearby Peel region in closing indoor dining, gyms, fitness centers, casinos and more.

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