Statement by Justice Minister Cliff Cullen

The actions on display in Steinbach yesterday were incredibly unfortunate, dangerous and wrong. The message from Dr. Brent Roussin and our government has been clear – we need every Manitoban to follow the direction of public health officials so we can get our COVID numbers under control.

The willingness of some to disregard openly our public health officials is unacceptable. My message to those individuals is clear: if you are going to break COVID restrictions, you will be ticketed. Every Manitoban needs to know and understand this. We need every single Manitoban on ‘Team Manitoba’ and for those who choose not to be, there will be consequences.

I want to extend thanks to all the officers who are on the front lines enforcing Manitoba’s public health orders. The language and vitriol experienced by our enforcement personnel at yesterday’s event is absolutely unacceptable. These individuals are working to keep all Manitobans healthy and safe so we can slow the spread of this virus and save lives.

Manitobans have been warned and, if they choose to participate in events that openly disregard public health orders, they can expect that enforcement action will be taken. We all need to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Manitoba. As Dr. Roussin says, the best way to do that is to stay home. That is the message that we all need to follow – stay home.