WINNIPEG -- The Manitoba economy will gradually reopen in a second phase starting no earlier than June 1.

Premier Brian Pallister made the announcement Wednesday morning during a news conference outlining steps to reopen the Manitoba economy.

Under the second phase, additional personal services, such as nail salons may be allowed to reopen their doors.

Non-contact children’s sports, film production, and dine-in services at restaurants may also be allowed to reopen, the province said.

Pallister told reporters that the province will re-evaluate how the province is faring with COVID-19.

“We must not allow for a COVID comeback,” Pallister said.

Pallister said travel restrictions and public health measures may remain in place, but gathering sizes could be increased at this time.

The first phase of reopening will begin May 4, with the following non-essential businesses being allowed to reopen.

non-urgent surgery and diagnostic procedures;

 • therapeutic and medical services;

 • retail businesses;

 • restaurants – patio/walk-up services;

 • hair salons;

 • museums, galleries and libraries;

 • seasonal day camps; and

 • outdoor recreation and campgrounds.

Pallister added large gatherings are not expected to be an option in the province until at least September 2020.