More free entertainment is on the way to Manitobans to keep people at home as much as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Manitoba government announced Monday that it is adding an additional $ 2 million to its Safe at Home grant program, which is used to fund organizations, businesses and individual artists for free virtual programs.
Examples include live streaming of the performing arts, home fitness, cooking classes, and children’s arts programs.
The campaign, which was first launched in early December with a $ 3 million funding pool, is based on the insight that home stay orders are seriously damaging to people’s mental health and wellbeing, a government official said at the time.
“The Safe at Home Manitoba program has been a tremendous achievement in improving the quality of life for many Manitobans in every region of the province and has helped us stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Secretary of State for Sports, Culture and Heritage Cathy Cox said in a press release on Monday.
“This pandemic is far from over, which is why it is so important that we continue to provide Manitobans with ways to stay ‘safe’ at home.”
Safe at Home offers more than 300 virtual programs that run during the winter months.