As of November 12, 2020, the entire province of Manitoba became Code Red – Critical - in the COVID 19 Pandemic RestartMB Plan. With the rapidly increasing number of cases of COVID 19, this decision is not surprising. At Present, Code Red is anticipated to continue for 3 – 4 weeks.
What are some of the restrictions?
All recreational, cultural, library, and church facilities and programs will be closed.
No social gatherings
Essential travel only
Critical retail (pharmacies, groceries, fuel) will remain open with a 25% capacity limit
Noncritical retail, restaurants, hair salons, etc. will close unless curbside or delivery service is supplied
These are only some of the restrictions. Please check with: https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html for a more detailed report. No doubt there will be updates and changes as the days go by. Also, if you have questions, please call the Office at 204-773-2253. (Please note that schools and day cares will remain open.)
The Municipal Offices will be closed to the public as was done in the previous ‘lock down’, with drop boxes available at both sites. (Please don’t make any cash payments.) Staff will be at work at the Russell site, however, public will not be allowed into the main office area.
There is never a good time for bad news, but in the weeks leading up to Christmas, closures and isolation add another level of stress to those already stressed. Please remember that several local businesses – while their doors may be locked – do have online presence or sales flyers to shop from. Before you shop elsewhere online, take the time to shop local.
While we all struggle with this pandemic, let us not forget those who are alone or compromised – a phone call can make a huge difference.
Again, thank you to everyone who is giving their 100%.
(November 10, 2020)