Manitobans will get to see friends again — outdoors — under new COVID-19 rules

WINNIPEG — Manitobans will soon be allowed to see their friends again as the province relaxes one of its COVID-19 restrictions.

A ban on virtually all social gatherings that has been in place since May 22, with exceptions for people who live alone, is to change on Saturday.

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People will be allowed to gather — outdoors only — in groups of up to five people.

The ban on indoor gatherings will continue.

Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba's chief public health officer, says the number of new COVID-19 infections has dropped from a peak last month but the health-care system remains strained.

Thirty COVID-19 patients are being treated in other provinces in an effort to free up intensive care beds.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 9, 2021

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