Manitoba announces 14-day self-isolation requirement for anyone coming into the province

Elisabetta Bianchini
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Manitoba premier Brian Pallister speaks to media prior to the reading of the Speech from the Throne at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, Wednesday, October 7, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

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Beginning on Jan. 29, anyone entering Manitoba from anywhere in Canada will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

“Manitobans have worked incredibly hard over the last two months to flatten our COVID-19 curve, which has allowed us to take a cautious, measured approach to reopening some services in our province,” a statement from Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister reads.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we are implementing more formal travel restrictions to protect Manitobans from the risks of COVID-19 being introduced to us further by travel including any new COVID-19 strains from other jurisdictions.”

Individuals traveling for essential reasons, including essential interprovincial work and people travelling for medical purposes, will still be exempt from the 14-day self-isolation.

“Let me be clear – Manitobans should not be traveling, either internationally, interprovincially or within our province except for essential reasons,” a statement from Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer reads.

This amendment to the province’s public health orders comes as the province works to prevent COVID-19 variants from coming into Manitoba.

“This will help reduce the spread of COVID-19, including cases of new variants, which have been found in other provinces,” Dr. Roussin said.

Manitobans who are now out of the province have until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28 to return to Manitoba without being required to self-isolate.

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