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Dismay, disappointment follow Manitoba’s shift from COVID-19 prevention to mitigation

Meantime, Chuck Davidson, president and CEO of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, doesn’t feel the government has ‘thrown in the towel.’

“We still have mask requirements, we still have vaccine mandates for most businesses,” Davidson says.

“I think what the message I got from yesterday is that there’s no sense in putting any further restrictions in place because I think they’re not going to have the impact of getting to the point where we’ve got no Omicron in Manitoba. I think we’re past that.”

But, in order to prevent more businesses from going under, Davidson would like to see wider access to rapid test kits in the workplace.

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“That’s our key message right now: we want to keep the businesses open, but we also need to make sure it’s done safely,” Davidson says.

Read more: COVID-19 hospitalizations reach 499 as 45 more people admitted in Manitoba

Dr. Roberts, however, doesn’t feel it’s too late to take any steps that might further cut down virus transmission, pointing out the full effects of the winter holidays and New Year’s on hospitals may not be completely realized for another 10 to 14 days.

“To say, ‘Well, this is the worst it’s going to get’ is wishful thinking,” Dr. Roberts says.

“That’s why the letter we sent out [Wednesday] was asking for a delay in sending more than 100,000 K to (grade) eight children back to school on Monday. They’re not adequately vaccinated.”

Among those are Johnson’s kids, who he says only became eligible for a first dose at the end of November.

“In a lot of ways it feels like the return to school is happening too soon for many reasons,” Johnson says.

“I really do feel that as they said they’re leaving it to individual Manitobans now to manage their own risk and manage their own safety, which is unfortunate. Because we all have a role to play and we have been doing that up until this point, but I really feel like it’s an abdication of government’s responsibility to its citizens.”

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3:07COVID-19: Most Manitobans likely to be exposed to Omicron in near future, Atwal says

COVID-19: Most Manitobans likely to be exposed to Omicron in near future, Atwal says

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