Planning ahead for a COVID-19 winter


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This article was published 28/08/2020 (765 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

I know it is August and the temperature still sits in the 30 C range but I am dreaming of winter.

Well, perhaps I should I say that we are planning for a COVID-19 winter. 

No, I am not a pessimist but if our experience so far this year is any indication, we need to be better prepared. We learned some lessons early on about what items we should always have on hand at home and more importantly, how and where to shop.

If truth be told, I didn’t even have the tap feature enabled on my debit card. This was reminiscent of what I called the ‘Harry Potter phenomenon’ — anybody and everybody seemed to have read those books when they first came out, except me. That was exactly how I felt with my debit card — everybody had ‘tap’ but me.

Back to the upcoming winter. 

Given that it is unlikely that we will be travelling south and, depending on our collective progress in reducing the spread of COVID-19, we may not even risk travelling outside the province, which means we need a plan.

Other than walking the dogs, we don’t have hobbies, we don’t have a cottage to run away to and we don’t really partake in winter activities, which means we need to figure out how we will embrace the winter months.

So where does that leave us? We have winter gear and, luckily, we have options. To name a few:

• We have skates which, admittedly, are long overdue for sharpening but we do have them and there is no lack of places to skate;

• We have talked about giving snowshoeing a try. FortWhyte Alive has some amazing trails and it is only minutes away;

• Trails Manitoba ( provides an extensive list of trails, their features and links to relevant websites.

Like many, we are planning to have some renovations done around the house. We may as well make the house as comfortable as possible while we hunker down for a long Manitoba winter.

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

Debbie Ristimaki

Debbie Ristimaki
Bridgwater Forest community correspondent

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

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