Public health officials reported 53 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and announced they will be elevating Winnipeg and some surrounding areas to the orange restricted level on the Pandemic Response System.

Of the new cases reported Friday, 44 are in the Winnipeg health region, 2 are in Prairie Mountain Health, 2 are in the Interlake, 2 are in the Northern health region, and four are in the Southern Health region.

None of the new cases are in Dauphin.

There are 487 active cases in Manitoba, with 1,258 recoveries and a total of 19 deaths due to COVID-19.

There are 13 people in hospital because of COVID-19, with 6 in intensive care.

Starting Monday, September 28, masks will be mandatory in all indoor public places, and gatherings will be restricted to 10 people, both indoors and outdoors — for the following areas:

• City of Winnipeg; 
• City of Selkirk; 
• Town of Stonewall; 
• Rural Municipality (RM) of Cartier; 
• RM of Headingley; 
• RM of Macdonald; 
• RM of Ritchot; 
• RM of Rockwood; 
• RM of Rosser;
• RM of Springfield; 
• RM of St. Andrews; 
• RM of St. Clements; 
• RM of St. François Xavier;
• RM of Taché
• RM of West St. Paul;
• RM of East St. Paul;
• Town of Niverville; and 
• Village of Dunnottar.

These restrictions will remain in place for a minimum of four weeks (two incubation periods of the virus).

More to come.