Some Manitoba businesses nervous about possible new restrictions

CBC Manitoba is reporting some local businesses are anxious in the face of possible new restrictions.

In the article, written by Jill Coubrough, chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin says Manitoba may tighten restrictions in the midst of daily triple-digit COVID-19 cases and a rising test positivity rate.

Roussin also says the B117 variant is a concern, and many new cases are tied to private and faith-based events.

The province is considering clamping down on private gatherings and indoor activities, as well as imposing an outdoor mask mandate.

The article cites multiple business owners who are afraid a tightening of restrictions could lead to severe profit and job losses.

Roussin said further details on restrictions will come out soon. 

Whether or not those new restrictions will affect businesses remains to be seen, but some people are concerned.

Loren Remillard, president of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, said in the article the province should not restrict businesses because they’re not at fault for rising case numbers.

He says if it must then it needs to provide financial support to help businesses avoid laying off staff or closing altogether.

EDP-Winnipeg will update our blog when the new restrictions, and their effects on businesses are announced in the near future.

Click here to read the full CBC Manitoba article.