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New COVID-19 rules take effect in Manitoba as province moves to curb spread of virus

New COVID-19 restrictions take effect in Manitoba today as the province moves to curb the spread of the virus, particularly in its capital city.

The Winnipeg region faces tighter restrictions than the rest of the province, including a ban on indoor service at bars and restaurants, and a limit of 25 per cent capacity for most retail stores.

Bars, restaurants and stores in the rest of Manitoba are limited to half capacity. 

The new rules – which include a provincewide cap of five people for public gatherings – were announced Friday, and the province reported hundreds of new cases over the weekend.

Further east, Ontario is reporting 948 new cases of COVID-19 today, and seven new deaths due to the virus.

Most of the new cases remain in the four hot spot regions currently under more stringent COVID-19 rules: Toronto, Peel and York regions, and Ottawa.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 2, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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