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Manitoba Lifts Alcohol Ban For May Long Wknd

Manitoba has lifted the ban on alcohol in provincial parks for the Victoria Day long weekend.

Manitobans spending their May long weekend in Manitoba provincial parks will once again be allowed to enjoy a drink. The province announced they will be lifting the annual May long weekend ban of alcohol in provincial parks, according to the Winnipeg Sun.

The announcement comes after almost 23 years since the ban was first put in place. The ban was first put in place on six of busiest provincial parks in 1995 and was later expanded to include all 95 provincial parks in Manitoba. Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires said the province has seen nearly an 80% reduction in the amount of alcohol related offences in the parks.

“We are seeing fewer incidents of rowdyism and episodes of public drunkenness in our parks,” said Squires. “So we thought that the responsible thing to do was to lift the ban and to allow Manitobans to enjoy our parks and safely consume alcohol.”

Squires went on further to say the number of incidents has significantly decreased from a couple hundred incidents a year in the ’90s to fewer than 10 incidents last year.

“The vast majority of Manitobans safely consume alcohol while enjoying the great outdoors,” said Squires. “We want to provide them with that opportunity.”

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