Manitoba, Atlantic Canada Introduce Restrictions on Concerts and Movies

Capacity limits have returned in most provinces across the country
Manitoba, Atlantic Canada Introduce Restrictions on Concerts and Movies
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Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia have already introduced restrictions to slow the spread of the Omicron variant, and now more Canadian provinces have brought in new COVID-19 restrictions as well. This includes Manitoba, all three Maritimes provinces and Newfoundland.

Among the restrictions in Manitoba are capacity limits on concert venues and movie theatres, which must now operate at 50 percent capacity. Masks and proof of vaccination are required. The current restrictions came into effect today (December 21) and will be in place until at least January 11. There are additional rules for private and public gatherings; see the full list of restrictions in Manitoba here.

New Brunswick has entered Level 2 of its coronavirus restrictions, starting on December 27. All entertainment venues must operate at 50 percent capacity, with proof of vaccination and masks still in place. More details on New Brunswick's full restrictions can be found here.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, parts of the Central Health region are moving to Level 3 restrictions, which means performance venues and bars must close; the rest of the province is at Level 2, which limits formal gatherings and performances to 50 percent capacity. Incoming travellers to the province must self-isolate for five days upon arrival and take a COVID-19 rapid test every day for five days; if all the results are negative, they may then leave isolation. See Newfoundland's full restrictions here.

Nova Scotia, where cases have spiked significantly this week, is requiring movie theatres to operate at 25 percent capacity, up to a maximum of 50 people. What the province defines as "arts and culture performances" are entirely banned and must be virtual; at these virtual performances, there's a limit of 10 performers indoors or 25 outdoors, with no spectators allowed. See Nova Scotia's detailed restrictions here.

In PEI, all organized events are limited to 50 percent capacity, with a maximum of 10 people per table (or seating area). Dance floors and karaoke are prohibited. Travellers into the province (who must be fully vaccinated) are required to self-isolate for four days, at which point they must have a negative test. See Prince Edward Island's full restrictions here.

See a list of cancelled and delayed Canadian concerts here.