A public health official is telling Manitobans to stop skirting around the public health orders, saying they are putting volunteers in unfair positions.

In a Wednesday press conference, Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Jazz Atwal says people have been trying to find ways to get around the health orders, specifically at indoor sporting and recreational facilities.

"Vaccinations required, excluding the youth participating in the activity," Atwal says. This also excludes anyone younger than 18 years old participating or watching. "By trying to find a way around the rules you often put a fellow community member and volunteer in a difficult and unfair position."

The doctor says he has been hearing about places of worship hosting indoor movie nights with both vaccinated and unvaccinated people in attendance.

"The rules for indoor facilities hosting events such as this are clearly outlined in the public health orders. Proof of vaccination is required for everyone aged 12 and older to attend," Atwal says. "The orders regarding places of worship does not apply to this type of activity."

Atwal is referring to the exemption for regular religious services, allowing them to host gatherings at 33 per cent without needing proof of vaccination.

Atwal says a recent negative COVID-19 result does not replace proof of vaccination. There are no COVID-19 vaccine religious exemptions in Manitoba.