Trail Talking

Moving to Phase 2 of Provincial Reopenings

  • Bob Lagassé, Author
  • Member of the Legislative Assembly, Dawson Trail

As of late, our provincial government has started examining and implementing additional steps to gradually and cautiously continue the restoration of services and businesses, while ensuring the safety of Manitoban’s by making sure physical distancing measures remain in place.

I want to thank Manitoban’s for the great job they have done to help flatten the curve. We are able to continue with our phased plan of restoring services because you have all been diligent and respectful of the physical distancing guidelines. We will get through this by working together – thank you for doing your part.

In careful consultation with Public Health experts, as part of Phase 2, the province is allowing limited access to educational facilities, where physical distancing can be maintained for additional tutorial days, such as one-on-one learning, assessment, and specific programming.

Premier Pallister noted that to ensure students are equipped to transition into the new school year, the province is considering additional teaching days for the upcoming school year. This includes the prospect of restarting school on August 31, and repurposing some of the non-instructional days throughout the school year.

Our government has made some changes that have recently come into effect including increasing gathering sizes to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors, and allowing residents of personal care homes and long-term care facilities to have visits outdoors.

We are still encouraging Manitoban’s to be safe and maintain physical distancing.

The plan for restoring services in Phase Two builds on measures Restoring Safe Services: Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery, which set out an evidence-based plan to ease public health measures that had escalated since mid-January.

Detailed information on the plan for Phase Two of service restoration can be found at