Manitoba Cabinet Ministers Apologize After Indoor Unmasked Photo Surfaces – Winnipeg | The Canadian News

Manitoba’s health minister and minister for families apologized Monday after a photo surfaced on social media of them posing for a photo at an indoor event without wearing masks.

Both Audrey Gordon and Rochelle Squires said they regret taking the photo, which was taken at the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s annual fundraising gala, The Ball, and posted on Squires’ Instagram page over the weekend. week.

They said that while eating at a table, they were asked to take a photo.

“I got up and joined the group in the photo, without wearing my mask,” Gordon said. “It’s unfortunate and it was wrong and it shouldn’t have happened and for that, I deeply apologize.

“I think that as Minister of Health, I should have a higher standard and I have always maintained that standard.”

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Squires called the photo a “mistake.”

“When I am in public, I believe in complying with public health orders and have worn my mask on all occasions,” Squires said.

They both said they attended an event the night before where their masks were all the time, because it did not involve eating or drinking.

The Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage, Cathy Cox, was also in the photo.

Winnipeg Art Gallery Engagement Supervisor Amy Rebecca Harrison said all provincial public health orders were followed overnight, including keeping capacity below 50 percent.

“Proof of double immunization was required for entry, with a COVID-19 immunization card and verified photo ID prior to entry,” Harrison said in a statement to Global News.

“Guests were advised to wear face masks when not seated, unless they were taking a sip of a drink. Some chose to remove their masks for a moment to take a photo. “

Gordon said he would “gladly” pay a fine if one were issued.

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