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Phase Three Starts June 21st

Premier Pallister announced Phase Three of the Reopening Plan which will take effect on June 21st. Although the draft plan would have restricted the restaurants to 75% capacity, after feedback from Restaurants Canada and operators across the province, they removed the capacity limit as long as the two meter distance or physical barriers are utilized. The Phase Three Roadmap requirements for restaurants, bars, beverage rooms, brew pubs, microbreweries and distilleries states:

These businesses may fully operate if they implement measures to ensure that members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. These businesses may fully reopen patios and indoor spaces as long as tables and seating are arranged so there is a permanent or temporary physical barrier or a two-metre separation between persons sitting at different tables.

Restaurants must implement measures to ensure that members of the public when not seated are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. Bars, beverage rooms, micro-brewers and similar businesses must continue to implement measures to ensure that members of the public are seated at a table, and are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. Standing service is not allowed. Dance floors are to remain closed.

Manitoba Back to Work This Summer program

The Manitoba Back to Work This Summer programwas introduced to allow businesses to hire or re-hire employees of any age.  This builds on the previously announced Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Jobs Plan which was geared only to students.

The program will reimburse 50% of the total wages paid from June 18-August 30, to a maximum of $5,000 per worker and $25,000 per business. This program is in addition to other Manitoba government business support initiatives which are separate from Federal Programs designed to support businesses hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. More information can be found on the EngageMB website.