The Manitoba government is extending the provincewide state of emergency yet again.

The extension goes into effect today at 4 pm and will last thirty days. It should be noted, the state of emergency is not the same thing as the public health order which is set to expire on January 8th.

Under the Emergency Measures Act, the state of emergency helps reduce the spread of COVID-19 and helps to protect Manitobans. The state of emergency was first declared on March 20th of 2020.

"Our government's number one priority is the health and safety of all Manitobans," says Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler. "As we start the new year, we will continue to adapt to the needs of our province in response to the pandemic. Our emergency management team has been a lead player from the onset and will continue supporting measures to flatten the curve and reduce the spread of COVID-19."

According to Schuler, the Manitoba Emergency Co-ordination Centre was activated on day one of the pandemic and has been operating ever since. He says it has been a critical player in facilitating the province's overall response to personal protective equipment procurement and provision. It also developed the Pandemic Response System, ensuring alternative isolation accommodations were available, and advising on and enforcing co-ordination of public health orders under the state of emergency. It also facilitates the federal/provincial engagement to military support in First Nations communities.