Coronavirus: Winnipeg mayor says social distancing scofflaws put community at risk

Winnipeg’s mayor is taking aim at local residents who seem to think they’re immune to the COVID-19 pandemic and are continuing to flout social distancing guidelines.

Brian Bowman said people out playing soccer — referring to a tweet that appears to show a large group playing a match at Gordon Bell High School on Monday — and gathering despite warnings are putting public safety at risk.

“I would take the recommendations from Manitoba Health and the public health orders deadly serious,” the mayor told 680 CJOB.

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“They are having deadly consequences around the globe, and here in Winnipeg and in Manitoba.”

Bowman said while the vast majority Winnipeggers are complying with the physical distancing requirement, the minority who are not, need to realize they aren’t invincible.

“They’re putting their own health at risk, and they’re also putting the health of our community at risk.”

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.

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