What Phase 2 means for our community


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This article was published 15/06/2020 (1080 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

On June 1, we began Phase 2 of the Manitoba government’s Restoring Safe Services plan. I applaud Manitobans in diligently flattening the curve, which has now enabled the restoration of a much wider variety of services, as well as a greater degree of overall operations.

This restoration of services includes: increasing child-care centre occupancy to up to 24 children plus staffing;  increasing day camp group sizes to 24; resuming sports, arts and cultural activities for children and adults; lifting occupancy limits at outdoor recreation facilities and golf courses outdoors, as long as physical distancing can be maintained and allowing limited access to indoor spaces; allowing direct travel to northern parks, campgrounds, cabins, lodges and resorts while ensuring physical distancing; allowing public/private swimming pools, spas, fitness clubs, gyms and community/service centres to reopen with some limitations; allowing religious or other organizations to hold outdoor services or events without limitation on numbers if people stay in their vehicles; reopening manicurists and pedicurists, tattoo parlours, estheticians, cosmetologists, electrologists and tanning parlours at 50 per cent capacity; and allowing restaurants, bars, micro-breweries and distilleries to reopen indoor spaces at 50 per cent capacity and to offer patio services at that capacity level.

As a result of Phase 1, I had the privilege to visit re-opened local businesses, in our community, which included Block & Blade, Freshii, Chicken Chef, Mary Brown’s, Snips N’ Shears, and Von Riesen Hair Co.

Supplied photo Lagimodiere MLA Andrew Smith (left) and Tamara Bauknecht, president of the Southdale Community Centre, chat in the centre’s arena.

Patrons, staff, and owners alike were very pleased to be back at work, while at the same time following current health orders to the letter. Phase 2 further lifted restrictions, which allowed me to visit the recently reopened Southdale Community Centre, where youth hockey camp was in full swing, while all involved were strictly adhering to current health protocols.

With the re-pening of fitness facilities, I visited both St. Vital Fit Body Boot Camp and 9Round, where people were very happy to be back into their fitness routines, while again adhering to the health protocols put in place.

As Manitobans continue to stomp out Covid-19, I look forward to a day when all services are restored in our community, so we can once again live the lives were are accustomed to, with our families, friends, and neighbours.

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith
Lagimodière constituency report

Andrew Smith is the PC MLA for Lagimodière.

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