Manitoba is set to reopen as the province’s COVID-19 numbers slowly dwindle and the infection curve remains flat.
More than a dozen different types of businesses and services are allowed to resume Monday — with increased public health scrutiny and protocols in place.
A cautious approach to reopening the province is important to reinvigorating Manitoba’s economic recovery, according to an economist.
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“It’s important for businesspeople and the economy to be able to reopen — but even more important, maybe, is it’s another step in getting consumers, people who spend the money, comfortable spending money doing things they like to do,” said John McCallum, a University of Manitoba economics professor, said.
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“The best boost you can have to an economy is hope and confidence and you don’t get a lot of hope and confidence when you’re hiding out in your basement for 12 weeks. … This gets the consumer back, one step at a time, and I’m pretty encouraged.”
Manitoba’s unemployment rate doubled between February and May amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, Winnipeg businesses able to reopen Monday spent Sunday preparing for a return to normalcy.