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What's open, what's closed in Winnipeg during the coronavirus pandemic


Posters of past shows line the backstage of an empty Centennial Concert Hall, lit by house lights and a solitary ghost light on stage.

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Posters of past shows line the backstage of an empty Centennial Concert Hall, lit by house lights and a solitary ghost light on stage.

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Many of the restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in Manitoba have been rolled back, but others are still in place or could return, depending on the latest COVID-19 numbers. 

Annual events have been cancelled or postponed and some businesses and services have closed or are offering reduced services in the interest of public health.

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Here’s a selection of what's open and closed in other sectors.

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The Millennium Library when it was closed. All libraries (except Cornish, which is under construction) have reopened for hold pickups, new memberships and card renewals, phone reference and returns.

MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS The Millennium Library when it was closed. All libraries (except Cornish, which is under construction) have reopened for hold pickups, new memberships and card renewals, phone reference and returns.


RCMP: Manitoba RCMP have postponed fingerprint and background check services until further notice. The Mounties are also requesting members of the public restrict visits to detachments to urgent matters only. Contact information for local detachments can be found here.

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Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Service: Station tours and in-classroom presentations are cancelled.

Winnipeg Police: The service centre at police headquarters (245 Smith Street) reopened to the public on June 22 to allow Winnipeggers to file police reports in person daily between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

In-person criminal record/police information checks and non-criminal fingerprinting is available between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Other service centre locations remain closed and do not accept walk-in complaints or inquiries. 

Changes to station duty offices will not impact police response to emergency calls or ongoing investigations.  The public is directed to call 911 for emergencies; callers will be asked additional questions about their health and isolation status so officers attending any scene are prepared to assist safely. 

Members of the public are encouraged to use online reporting and use the police non-emergency number (204-986-6222) for non-emergency calls for service. 


Arenas: The Eric Coy, Billy Mosienko, Century, Charlie Gardiner and Terry Sawchuk arenas will open on Sept. 21, while six others remain closed.

Animal Services: Partially reopened to the public as of June 17.

 Archives: Research room available by appointment.

Assessment: Front counter is closed to the public.

City Clerk: Reopened to the public.

City Hall: Partially reopened for in-person delegations and meetings with officials. Committee and council meetings are being broadcast on the city's YouTube channel.

Downtown skywalks: Open for weekday access between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Skywalks are closed on weekends.  The underground concourse at Portage and Main is open between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and closed on Sunday.

Fire permits: Open fire and fireworks permits are not being issued in person. Permits and Licensed Service Persons applications and renewals can be obtained at 204-986-8200.

Inspections: All interior residential and commercial property inspections have been suspended.

Leisure Guide: A limited fall City of Winnipeg Leisure Guide available Sept. 15, with registration for Winnipeggers on Sept. 22. Non-residents can register on Sept. 24.

Libraries: All branches reopen Sept. 21, though some services may not be available; check the Winnipeg Public Library website for details.  

Recreation Centres: Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex partially reopened July 20. The weight rooms at Fort Rouge Leisure Centre, Freight House Recreation Centre, Sergeant Tommy Prince Place and Peguis Trail Health and Fitness Centre opened Aug. 17.

Parking: The Parking Store is closed to the public. The city is offering one-hour complimentary parking at all on-street metered locations throughout Winnipeg. 

Parks: City parks are open and rental bookings are being accepted.

Indoor Pools: For a list of pool hours, see the city's website. To use the pools, the city recommends swimmers register for a two-hour block at winnipeg.ca/leisure, onsite or by calling 311. Swimmers are asked to arrive at pools in their swimsuits because changing room access is limited. They also are required to be two metres away from people who don’t live in their household. After each two-hour block, the city says pools will be closed for 30 minutes for staff to disinfect the area.

Taxation: Penalties for unpaid property and business taxes can now be waived Until November 30, 2020. Tax Instalment Payment Plan (TIPP) program fees and penalties will be waived for the period of April 1, 2020 until November 30, 2020. Read more.

Transit: The fall schedule began Sept. 6. There is full service to all elementary, middle and high schools under the schedule. Express service has been reduced by 15 per cent, and post-secondary service is operating in a reduced capacity because most classes are online. Masks are required on all buses.

Water and Waste: The city has suspended late payment charges and turn-offs for non-payments. The annual water meter reading program is cancelled; customers are encouraged to provide regular meter readings to avoid estimated bills.

Weddings: Bookings and ceremonies resumed.


The Good Will Social Club promotes social distancing on their sign.

JESSE BOILY / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS The Good Will Social Club promotes social distancing on their sign.


Child care: 

As of June 1, 2020, licensed child care centres, including facilities in schools, can continue to provide care for up to 24 children. Larger centres with separate rooms and external entrances can accommodate up to 24 children per room. Home-based child care providers can also continue to operate with the number of children for which they are licensed.

All Manitobans returning to work are now eligible to access the temporary child care system to find a location that meets their needs. Families can use the online Manitoba Child Care Search to view available spaces and then contact centres directly to finalize arrangements.

Education: Schools are open. University and college campuses may reopen to provide limited hands-on instruction.

Employment and Income Assistance: EIA clients are asked to contact staff through the call centre whenever possible at 204-948-2888 (inside Winnipeg) or 1-855-944-8111 (toll-free, outside Winnipeg). Clients can also email the department at eia@gov.mb.caSee the EIA website for more details.

Health, Seniors and Active Living: Registration and client services office at 300 Carlton St. is closed to the public. Staff continue to register people for Manitoba health coverage and Manitoba Pharmacare benefits through email, phone, fax and mail. Forms and contact information can be found online.

Hydro: Manitoba Hydro offices are closed to the public, including the cash counter at 360 Portage Ave. in Winnipeg. See hydro's website for a detailed list of suspended and reinstated services.

Labour: Some in-person hearings at the Manitoba Labour Board started June 21. Offices remain closed for public inquiries.  See the Manitoba Labour Board website for the latest details.

Licence suspensions: In-person hearings began July 6. 

Manitoba Public Insurance: Booking of new road tests for Classes 2-6 resumed July 8. Bookings for mobile driver testing sites on Aug. 10. Class 1 road tests and knowledge testing for semi-truck drivers resumed May 19. 

Provincial Parks: Open.

Rent: The Residential Tenancies Board is closed to walk-in traffic.  To make an appoinment, call 204-945-2476. See the latest COVID-19 updates for landlords and tenants.

Rent increases are temporarily frozen from April 1 until September 30. Late fees are prohibited for failure to pay rent from April 1 until September 30. Landlords are prohibited from issuing a notice of termination other than for impairment of safety or unlawful activities that pose an immediate health and safety risk between April 1 until September 30.

All non-urgent eviction hearings (such as non-payment of rent, disturbances, renovations and breach of tenancy agreements etc.) are temporarily suspended effective March 24 until September 30. All non-urgent eviction hearings for Notices of Termination given before March 24 will be scheduled after September 30.

Student Aid: Student loan repayments were suspended between April 1 and Sept. 30, 2020. Repayment of Manitoba Student Loans resume on Oct. 1. In-person service is not available; call 1-800-204-1685 for service. For more details on changes to student-loan programs, see the Manitoba Student Aid website.


Trials and hearings have resumed at all levels of court in Manitoba, including in-person jury trials and small claims court.

Members of the public and those entering court facilities in Winnipeg are required to wear non-medical masks, except in a courtroom when the presiding judge says otherwise.

See the Manitoba Courts website for the latest updates.


A nearly empty CF Polo Park. Most malls have reopened.

SHANNON VANRAES / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS A nearly empty CF Polo Park. Most malls have reopened.


Bingo: Bingo halls can open at half capacity. 

Canadian Museum for Human Rights: Reopened.

Casinos: Allowed to open at 30 per cent capacity. None of the casinos is offering table games.

Centennial Concert Hall: Resuming concerts with limited capacity. See the concert hall's site for details and tickets.

Centre culturel franco-manitobain: Closed.

Children’s Museum: Open in two timeslots on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. See their site for details.

Costume Museum of Canada: Beginning to resume volunteer work activities.

Cre8ery Art Gallery: Open. Visitors must wear masks.

Dalnavert Museum and Visitor Centre: Open with some restrictions.

Landmark Cinemas: The Grant Park theatre is open with reduced capacity.

Manitoba Chamber Orchestra: Shows have resumed. See their site for details

Manitoba Museum and Planetarium: Reopened. See their site for details.

Movie theatres: Allowed to open at 30 per cent capacity, up to 500 people.

Four theatres — Landmark Cinemas 8 Grant Park, Scotiabank Theatre in Polo Park, SilverCity St. Vital Cinemas, and Prairie City Cinema in Portage la Prairie — reopened July 25. Cinema City Northgate on McPhillips Street, Cineplex Odeon Cinemas VIP on McGillivray Boulevard and Famous Players Kildonan Place Cinemas reopened Aug. 21.

Cinematheque, the city's art-house theatre, has reopened to audiences.

The Towne Cinemas downtown remain closed.

Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts: Open by appointment only. To make an appointment, email outreach@platformgallery.org.

Plug In ICA: Open for appointments only.

Prairie Dog Central: Train operations are cancelled for 2020.

Rec Room: Patio and bar reopened.

Transcona Museum: Reopened. 

Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery: Reopened with some restrictions.

Winnipeg Art Gallery: Reopened to the public on May 5. Mandatory mask policy took effect Aug. 11. See hours of operation

Winnipeg Railway Museum: Reopened.


Assiniboine Park: The conservancy has cancelled all of its summer events.  The zoo reopened outdoor areas on May 1.

Bell MTS Place: All sporting events and concerts have been cancelled or postponed.

Burton Cummings Theatre: All concerts have been cancelled or postponed.

Children’s Hospital Book Market: Cancelled. Organizers have asked that no books be dropped off at fire stations or other drop-off locations at this time.

ComicCon postponed until Oct. 29-31, 2021.

ComicCon: Postponed until Oct. 29-31, 2021.

Good Will Social Club: Reopened with restrictions.

Manitoba Mega Train hobby show and sale: Cancelled.

Manitoba Ag Ex: Cancelled.

Manitoba Ag Days: The 2021 event is cancelled.

Morden Corn and Apple Festival: Cancelled.

Prairie Theatre Exchange: Cancelled all remaining performances.  PTE classes and workshops are being postponed.

Rainbow Stage: 2020 season cancelled.

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre: Plans to launch new season in January 2021. See their site for details.

Terry Fox Run: In-person event cancelled. Register online at terryfox.org to participate virtually on Sept. 20.

Theatre Projects Manitoba: Postponed.

West End Cultural Centre: Reopened for ticketed in-person and livestreamed concerts. See their site for details

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra: The opening Pops concert, originally scheduled for Oct. 16 and 17, has been postponed to Nov. 20 and 21. Details on cancelled and rescheduled dates as well as new programming are available on the WSO website


Regulated health professionals including dentists, chiropractors, physiotherapists, optometrists and podiatrists are no longer limited to providing urgent and emergent care, as of May 4.

Therapeutic massage and acupuncture services: Open under new provincial guidelines.

Hair salons: Open under new provincial guidelines.

Personal service businesses, including manicurists, pedicurists, tattoo parlours, estheticians, cosmetologists, electrologists and tanning salons, reopened at reduced capacity as of June 1. 

Faith-based services and pow wows can proceed at reduced capacity.


Amusement parks: Permanent outdoor amusement parks can open with reduced capacity.

Assiniboine Park Zoo: Open. Smaller buildings, play structures, gift shops and buildings with high-touch displays remain closed.  Online ticket purchases are encouraged. All events and educational programs at the park and zoo are cancelled. 

Community centres: Can reopen with staff present and a limited number of people per site. Check with individual community centres for hours and details.

Day Camps: Capacity increased to 50 children per group as of June 21. 

 Golf: Golf courses and driving ranges open under new guidelines. Golf Dome is open.

Fitness Centres and Spas: Public and private gyms, swimming pools and spas were given permission to reopen June 1 with limited occupancy. Check with individual facilities for opening details.

FortWhyte Alive: Reopened trails and limited facilities.

National Parks: Riding Mountain National Park is open.

Outdoor drive-in events: Religious and other organizations, as well as drive-in movie theatres, may hold outdoor events without attendance limitation provided people stay in their vehicles. 

Provincial parks: Open.


Many local businesses announced storefront closures or reduced hours. For the latest information on any specific shop, contact the individual business directly or check our directory of local businesses.


The province has lifted occupancy limits for restaurants, bars, beverage rooms, brew pubs, microbreweries and distilleries as of June 21. Dining rooms and patios can reopen at full capacity provided there is a physical barrier or a two-metre separation between tables. Dance floors remain closed and standing service is not allowed.

In a bid to help restaurants, mom-and-pop shops and other local businesses hurting during these trying times, the Free Press has launched a new service to help our community connect with companies still open for business.

In partnership with Bold Commerce, the Free Press is hosting the listing service buylocal.ly on our site. This free directory enables businesses still operating to provide details on how to order and what pick-up and delivery options are available.

We encourage businesses who are still operating in any capacity to use this new service to reach customers — and we encourage our readers to use this directory to shop local, eat local and buy local.


Assiniboia Downs: Opened its 2020 thoroughbred racing season without fans in the stands.

High school athletics: Cancelled.

Manitoba Junior Baseball League: Regular season began June 28.

Manitoba Junior Hockey League: The regular season will begin Oct. 9.

Manitoba Marathon: Will be conducted as a virtual event from Oct. 11 to Nov. 11.  See their website for details.

Manitoba Moose: The AHL's 2020-21 regular season will start Dec. 4, 2020.

Team sports: Sports and recreational activities for children and adults were allowed to resume June 1, provided leagues and facilities have plans in place to limit contact between spectators and participants. 

Valour FC: The Canadian Premier League began its truncated season at the University of Prince Edward Island on Aug. 13.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers: CFL season cancelled.

Winnipeg Goldeyes: The team played a 60-game season based in Fargo.

Winnipeg Ice: The 2020-21 season is scheduled to begin Dec. 4.

Winnipeg Jets: The remainder of the NHL regular season was cancelled. Best-of-five playoff qualifying series began Aug. 1, and the Jets were eliminated in four games.

Other sports: 

Baseball Canada: Cancelled all its 2020 national championships.

LPGA: Play resumed.

The Masters: Postponed to Nov. 12. The PGA Championship returned in August. U.S. Open plans to play Sept. 17-20.

MLB: Regular season began July 23.

NBA: Playoffs ongoing.

NHL Draft: Scheduled for Oct. 9-10. The Jets have the 10th overall pick.

PGA: Resumed play.

Queen's Plate: Postponed.

Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics: Rescheduled for July 23 - Aug. 8, 2021.

Wimbledon: Cancelled.

The Women's European Championship: Postponed until July 2022.


CAA Manitoba: Storefronts open as of May 11. Services continue to be offered by phone and online. Roadside service continues.

Richardson International Airport: Open, mainly for domestic flights. Check arrivals and departures.

International travel: All international travellers need to self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days upon arrival in Manitoba.

U.S. travel: Canada's land border with the United States is closed to non-essential travel until Oct. 21.  Crossings of the border have been largely restricted to trade goods, essential workers and citizens returning home since March.  Canadians are still able to fly to U.S. destinations. 

Domestic travel: People coming from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, or northwestern Ontario don’t need to self-isolate if they’re asymptomatic and have no known exposure to COVID-19. Domestic travellers from other locations must self-isolate for 14 days.

In-province travel: — Travel to northern Manitoba is prohibited as of Sept. 4, 2020 and public health officials are also asking travellers to respect the rules in place in First Nations communities. There are some exceptions for people travelling north of the 53rd parallel who don't have COVID-19 symptoms; the full list of exceptions is here

Winnipeg Transit: City buses running. For route and schedule details, visit Winnipeg Transit or contact 311.

Winnipeg Transit Plus: Resumed appointments for in-person assessments. 


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Updated on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 2:15 PM CDT: Updated throughout.

October 13, 2020 at 5:49 PM: Updates WSO postponement.

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