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CNSC Statement on Manitoba Pandemic Response System move to Level Restricted (Orange)
Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC) is pleased to learn the Manitoba Provincial Response Level of the Pandemic Response System has moved from Critical (Red) to Restricted (Orange) and welcomes the first official phase of the RestartMB campaign.
Since November 2020, CNSC facilities have been closed to the public and staff have worked from home as much as possible. During summer of 2020, CNSC facilitated a few Manitoba-based researchers in support of their essential research projects and there were zero overnight guests from September 2020 through April 2021. Under Response Level Critical (Red), CNSC was able to support essential research projects at a capacity limit of 25%, with robust COVID-19 policies including masking, physical distancing, enhanced cleaning and no interaction with the town of Churchill for a minimum of 14 days after arrival. Under Response Level Restricted (Orange) the facilities remain closed to the public, and CNSC is able to welcome essential research and education programs at a capacity limit of 50% and all other COVID-19 policies remain in effect.
“We are thrilled to see easing of restrictions and have the ability to safely welcome more researchers and educators to our facility,” says Executive Director Graham Neale. “This is a positive indicator for visiting Churchill and Manitoba and an important milestone for CNSC’s re-opening plan. We are at our best with people in the building! Even as active cases of COVID-19 have been steadily declining while vaccinations have been increasing, we still fully understand the need to restrict the potential spread of COVID-19. I'm confident our policies do just that and our staff has been incredibly resourceful and resilient throughout the pandemic."
The most significant impact to CNSC operating revenues has been the requirement to cancel Learning Vacations since March 2020. These trips typically involve guests from outside Manitoba. CNSC continuously monitors Public Health Orders and makes operational decisions at least 60 days in advance of all programming in order for all parties to plan accordingly. Currently, travelers entering Manitoba are required to isolate for 14 days on arrival and travel to Northern Manitoba remains restricted, though fully-vaccinated individuals are exempt. The US-Canada border also remains closed to non-essential travel.
CNSC will continue monitor response levels and is hopeful future Public Health Orders will offer further guidance on safely allowing more guests access to the facility. CNSC is also working on schedule options with other tour and travel operators in the region, at this time and does not anticipate any changes to existing program dates.
Updates will be provided as conditions change and CNSC is committed to the safety of its guests and staff and the residents of the Town of Churchill.