Manitoba is going into its second consecutive Easter long weekend under COVID-19 restrictions.

Manitoba is going into its second consecutive Easter long weekend under COVID-19 restrictions.

Chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin has cautioned against using the time off and sunny weather as an opportunity to gather unsafely. Many of the possible loosened restrictions proposed earlier in March have been put on hold at least until after the holidays.

The Free Press will not publish Good Friday or Monday, however, an e-edition will be available in lieu of home delivery and retail sales at

Many businesses and government services change their hours over the Easter long weekend. Here’s a selection:


All COVID-19 testing sites are open for regular hours on both Friday and Sunday.


Polo Park shopping centre will be open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, closed Sunday, and open regular hours Monday.

St. Vital Centre will be closed Friday and Sunday, and open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday.

Grant Park Shopping Centre is closed Friday and Sunday, but will be open Monday.

The Forks Market and Johnston Terminal are open through the Easter weekend.

Most grocery stores, including Safeway, Sobeys, Superstore and Walmart, are open on reduced hours Friday and Sunday.

Manitoba Liquor Mart stores in Winnipeg are closed Friday and Sunday. For details on exceptions and rural Liquor Mart hours, visit

Beer vendors and private wine stores set their own hours for the holiday, so Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Corp. suggests the best way to find out if the one near you will be open is to call.


The Assiniboine Park Zoo is open throughout the long weekend 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Manitoba Museum is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Sunday, closed Monday.

The Children’s Museum is currently closed.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery and Qaumajuq are open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, as well as 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Monday. Advance timed tickets are available at

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, and closed Sunday and Monday.

Movie theatres remain closed.


Recycling and garbage will be collected normally.

The Brady Road landfill is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Monday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


All civic leisure centres are closed Friday and Monday.

The Crescent Drive, Harbour View, John Blumberg, Kildonan Park and Windsor Park golf courses will open for the season starting today.

City of Winnipeg swimming pools will be open at 25 per cent capacity.


Buses will operate Friday on a Sunday schedule.

For route and schedule details, visit Winnipeg Transit or contact 311.


All Winnipeg Public Library branches are closed Friday and Sunday. Most are closed Monday, but the St. James-Assiniboia, St. Boniface, West Kildonan, Pembina Trail, Louis Riel, Henderson, Charleswood and Millennium libraries will be open 1-5 p.m.

For detailed information on library hours, call 311 or visit the Winnipeg Public Library website.


Brookside, St. Vital and Transcona cemetery grounds are open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. through the weekend.

For more information on city cemeteries, visit the municipal cemeteries branch online or contact 311.


Civic, provincial and federal offices are closed Friday and Monday.

The Winnipeg Parking Authority remains closed.

The Winnipeg Animal Services Agency is closed Friday and Monday.

There is no mail delivery Friday and Monday. Canada Post offices are closed, but post offices operated by the private sector will be open according to the hours of service of the host business.

— staff