People going to restaurants and bars in the Winnipeg area will see new rules in effect starting Wednesday evening, including cutoff times for liquor and dine-in service and a requirement to leave contact information with staff.
Under those restrictions, liquor service will need to stop between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m., and staff will need to make sure dine-in customers are gone by 11 p.m. Takeout and delivery will still be allowed after that, and dine-in service will be allowed to resume at 6 a.m., Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin said at a news conference Monday.
“It’s certainly a challenge for the sectors, but I think most people wanted to be part of the solution and were acknowledging that something had to be done,” Roussin said.
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Staff will need to collect contact information in writing from one person per table. They’ll have to hold onto it for 21 days, in case it’s needed for contact tracing, then destroy it immediately.
The new restrictions came after the province consulted with people in the industry about what changes could stop COVID-19 from spreading in those settings, which health officials said have been linked to an increasing number of cases in recent weeks.