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For those looking for more on what to expect re Christmas with Christmas Eve one month away, Premier Pallister was asked about the upcoming season at today's media conference: "This is the year to adapt, the year to not get together apart from those in your household"....
Imagine we'll see more clarification in the days/weeks ahead as far as what public health orders will be in place beyond December 11, what limited exceptions there might be, etc... but its clear we shouldn't be expecting to see a marked change in the public health environment over the next handful of weeks...
Pallister: Only spend holidays with people in your homes.Visit virtually.Says celebrations in 2021 will be the best if we can do it with every member of our families.&mdash: Bartley Kives (@bkives) November 24, 2020
Pallister: Only spend holidays with people in your homes.Visit virtually.Says celebrations in 2021 will be the best if we can do it with every member of our families.
Pallister appears to be preparing Manitobans for a virtual holiday celebration this year. The restrictions are set to be re-visited before Christmas, but the premier says this is not the year to get together with ppl outside your household.&mdash: Stefanie Lasuik (@StefanieLasuik) November 24, 2020
Pallister appears to be preparing Manitobans for a virtual holiday celebration this year. The restrictions are set to be re-visited before Christmas, but the premier says this is not the year to get together with ppl outside your household.
At news conference, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says it':s ":dangerous": of Quebec to loosen COVID-19 restrictions over Christmas to allow gatherings of up to 10 people.He':s urging Manitobans to treat Christmas differently this year. #mbpoli #covid19mb&mdash: Ian Froese (@ianfroese) November 24, 2020
At news conference, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says it':s ":dangerous": of Quebec to loosen COVID-19 restrictions over Christmas to allow gatherings of up to 10 people.He':s urging Manitobans to treat Christmas differently this year. #mbpoli #covid19mb
Put it this way. If you were a virus and you were wanting best possible setup to spread you would ask for: -cold enough weather to force everyone indoors -a reason for those indoor people to gather in those indoor spaces in larger groups -festive spirit to get those folks hugging -for good measure, have crossover visitors between regions so that if one region has spread under control you can dig back into less-effected areas I can’t speak for the province, but I think there’s got to be the realization that even if the latest restrictions show improvement (which they’ve said there are early signs of a reduction in average number of contacts)... knowing that the virus spreads most optimally in indoor settings, having a province full of households with indoor gatherings would lead to a January that nobody wants to see. That’s without getting into issues around travel outgoing and incoming and potential cross-pollination with other regions. Will watch for guidance over these next few weeks but the one thing I’d expect is a sensitizing to those that live alone (just as we have now). Nobody should have to spend Christmas along and would think things would have to be off the charts awful for them to look at going to quite that length!
Dr. Roussin spoke more to this at today's media briefing. It does sound like the door is open for an altering of some recommendations as it relates to Christmas, but based on numbers right now if people need advice right now as part of planning it's to not gather outside of household and to look for alternative (virtual) ways to celebrate. If we can get numbers down, the Dr said that there might still be a chance of some holiday beyond household even if under that scenario it would look very different than any other holiday season.
Right now in the thick of current measures there’s an exemption for the many folks that live alone to allow for minimal contact. Nobody can predict if the caseload in the province will get significant better or worse between now and the holidays, but until there’s a reason to believe otherwise I would not expect any change in that. For best info on where we’re at right now, please read the current order... specifically section 1(3): https://manitoba.ca/asset_library/en/proactive/2020_2021/orders-soe-11222020.pdf
Pallister continuing to emphasize this message today. Embed is below and is worth watching, but the text of the core of the message..... "Right now we need to save lives. If you don't think that Covid's real, right now you're an idiot. You need to understand that we're all in this together. You cannot fail to understand this. Stay apart. So I'm the guy who has to tell you to stay apart at Christmas and the holiday season you celebrate, with your faith or without your faith. That you celebrate normally with friends and with family. Where you share memories and build memories. I'm that guy. And I'll say that, because it will keep you safe. I'm the guy who's stealing Christmas to keep you safe because you need to do this now. You need to do the right thing because next year we'll have lots to celebrate. And we'll celebrate this year if we do the right thing this year. You don't need to like me. I hope in years to come you might respect me for having the guts to tell you the right thing. And here's the right thing. Stay safe, protect each other, love each other, care for each other. You've got so many ways to show that, but don't get together this Christmas."
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