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Winnipeg closures and cancellations due to COVID-19

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In recent days, provincial and municipal governments across the country, alongside private businesses, have announced various precautions and safety measures.

As a result, many things normally open or planned for this time of year in Winnipeg are closed for the foreseeable future.

The Winnipeg Free Press has suspended in-person customer service and general public access at our building at 1355 Mountain Ave. Subscribers can reach Customer Service by calling 204-697-7000 or by email.

Here’s a selection of other cancellations and closures.

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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.


RCMP: Manitoba RCMP have postponed fingerprint and background check services until further notice. The Mounties are also requesting members of the public to 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: Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Stations are closed to the public, except in the case of emergencies.

Winnipeg Police: All Winnipeg police station duty offices are closed to the public and are no longer accepting walk-in complaints or inquiries. Attendance to stations will be by pre-arranged appointment only, including those released on pending charges and scheduled for fingerprints.

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. Non-urgent motor vehicle collision and hit-and-run reporting is suspended; police will update when they have an alternate method in place for reporting those events. 

Those requiring criminal record checks are advised to use the online portal to start the process. During this closure, police will not be providing fingerprinting services to the public.

The Winnipeg Police Service has cancelled its Shred-It Events at Polo Park and St. Vital shopping centres on March 26.


Animal Services has closed to the public. Staff will respond only to emergency and stray animal calls.

Archives: The city’s archives are closed to the public.

Assessment: Front counter is closed to the public.

City Clerk: The City Clerk’s department is providing only proof of life for pensioners, receipts of legal services against the city of Winnipeg, receipt and processing of freedom-of-information requests, and processing of other appeals and time-sensitive documents.

City Hall: Winnipeg City Hall is closed to the public, and council is holding a meeting Friday, in part to introduce a motion to find a way to hold such discussions without meeting in person over the next four months. The Susan A. Thompson building will remain open to maintain access to 311 services.

City of Winnipeg parks remain open, although the city instructs individuals to practise social distancing while using the public spaces.

Community services: The community services department is closed to the public.

Elections: The Winnipeg School Division trustee byelection for wards 3 and 4, slated to take place March 21, was suspended.

Fire department: Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Stations are closed to the public, except in the case of emergencies.

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

Inspections: All interior residential inspections have been suspended.

Libraries: All libraries are closed until further notice. All return chutes are closed. All items with due dates of March 16 and later will have due dates extended until one week after libraries reopen. No new fines will accrue during the closure.

Recreation Centres: All recreation and leisure facilities are closed until further notice.

Parking: The Parking Store is closed to the public.

Parks: City parks are open, but bookings for over 50 people are cancelled and no new park bookings are being accepted.

Pools: All pools are closed until further notice. 

Taxation: Front counter is closed to the public.

Transit: City buses continue to operate. For route and schedule details, visit Winnipeg Transit or contact 311. Three Winnipeg Transit customer service kiosks – Portage and Main Concourse, Millennium Library and the Transit Business Centre – are closed.

Transit Plus: Winnipeg Transit Plus eligibility assessments have been suspended as of March 19.

Water and Waste: Staff no longer perform in-person water meter inspections, removal or replacements.

Weddings: City Hall wedding ceremonies are suspended until further notice. No wedding licences will be provided until further notice.


The closed Millennium Library.



Child care: Licensed child-care centres are suspended until April 10. This direction does not apply to home-based child care, as they care for a smaller number of children.

Education: Classes are suspended indefinitely in all Manitoba kindergarten to Grade 12 schools. Teachers continue to be on the job, either in schools or at home. 

The University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg will not provide any in-person classes until September 2020 and buildings are closed.

Employment and Income Assistance: EIA clients are asked to contact staff through the call centre whenever possible. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 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.ca.

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. The utility has also suspended non-essential work where an employee enters an occupied residence, including meter exchanges, residential electrical inspections, residential natural gas appliance inspections, public building leak surveys, disconnections, and meter readings where the meter is inside an occupied dwelling. Inspection work will continue on new buildings and unoccupied structures.

Labour: Manitoba Labour Board hearings have been postponed

Licence suspensions: The board that adjudicates driver's licence suspension appeals is holding virtual hearings.

Manitoba Public Insurance: MPI service centres not being used as testing hubs are adjusting their hours. Starting April 6, all such centres will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., while the contact centre will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Transactions will also be allowed over the phone, and most fees can be paid online.

Pharmacare: 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.

Provincial Parks remain open in Manitoba.

Rent: Rent increase appeal hearings will be adjourned without a set resumption date.

Student Aid has suspended in-person services, shifting entirely to phone and online. Plans are underway to place a hold on the issuance of tax-debt warnings and legal collection actions.


Court of Appeal: non-urgent custody matters are either suspended or heard by way of paper appeal or videoconference.

Court of Queen’s Bench: all jury trials are suspended, and all judge-alone trials have been adjourned a month from their original sitting date.

Provincial court: out-of-custody appearances and all circuit court hearings have been cancelled until May 1.

In-custody matters (bails, sentencings and trials) continue to be heard at the province’s major court centres with a focus on teleconferencing and appearances by video.

Out-of-custody matters are adjourned for at least a month, and the courts are prioritizing which in-custody cases should be heard and when.

Non-jury criminal trials: Cases where an accused is in custody are likely proceed, with a requirement trial judges and counsel discuss whether the case is urgent or can be tried later.


Archdiocese of Winnipeg: All public masses on weekdays and weekends until after April 26. Parish offices remain open with reduced hours. The Archbishop is holding mass Sundays at 11 a.m. on a livestream.

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba has ceased all in-person programs and services until  to April 10. Essential and emergency supports will continue and offices are closed to visitors. 


The Good Will Social Club promotes social distancing on their sign as they remain closed.

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


Bingo: All bingo halls and gaming centres are closed.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights: Closed

Casinos: All casinos closed on March 17.

Centennial Concert Hall: No public access until April 15.  All performances have been suspended.

Centre culturel franco-manitobain: Closed to the public until further notice.

Children’s Museum: Closed

Cineplex: Closed all theatres until at least April 2, including North Gate Cinema City. The company also closed its new Rec Room complex.

Costume Museum of Canada: Closed

Cre8ery Art Gallery: Closed

Dalnavert Museum and Visitor Centre: Closed, but has launched virtual tours.

Landmark Cinemas has closed its locations nationwide, including Grant Park and Towne 8.

Manitoba Chamber Orchestra: Shows scheduled for April 22, May 13 and June 9, as well as a Manitoba spring tour of Carman, Pinawa, Flin Flon and Thompson slated for April 23-26 have been postponed.

Manitoba Museum: No public access until April 15.  Public visits, including the planetarium and science gallery, are suspended.

Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts: Closed

Plug In ICA: Closed

Rec Room: Cineplex has closed the Rec Room gaming complex until at least April 2.

Transcona Museum: Closed

Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery: Closed

Winnipeg Art Gallery: Closed

Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque is closed to the public until at least April 6.


Bell MTS Place: Upcoming concerts including Céline Dion (April 27) and Rage Against the Machine (May 7) have been postponed.

Burton Cummings Theatre: Upcoming concernts including Matthew Good (March 28) and Black Hole Tour with Lawrence Krauss (April 24) have been 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.

Flatlander’s Beer Festival: Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries has cancelled the two-day event scheduled for June 12 and 13 at Bell MTS Place, citing the health and safety of attendees and suppliers.

Good Will Social Club: Closed until further notice.

The Happy Days on Henderson festival has been cancelled. The annual event was scheduled to be held June 13.

Manitoba Airshow: The 2020 airshow has been cancelled.

Manitoba Summer Fair: The 2020 fair has been cancelled.

Jazz Winnipeg 2020 festival: postponed. Jim Cuddy Band (June 11); Faouzia (June 13); and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals (June 17) remain as scheduled.

Manitoba Opera: Carmen, scheduled for March 28, 31, and April 3, at the Centennial Concert Hall, is cancelled. The company’s gala reception honouring Tannis M. Richardson is postponed to the fall.

Prairie Theatre Exchange cancelled all remaining performances of By Grand Central Station and its next show, The Gingerbread Girl.  PTE classes and workshops are being postponed.

Rady JCC Ken Kronson Sports Dinner: The 48th annual dinner, scheduled to take place May 12 at the RBC Convention Centre, has been cancelled.

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre: Cancelled the remainder of the 2019/20 season, including A Thousand Splendid SunsThe Legend of Georgia McBride and the theatre's annual fundraiser, the Lawyers Play. 

Royal Winnipeg Ballet: RWB has cancelled 80 Years — A Retrospective, originally scheduled for May 6 to 10 at the Centennial Concert Hall.

Stars on Ice 2020: Cancelled.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic: Cancelled

Theatre Projects Manitoba: Postponed indefinitely the world première of Rick Chafe's Five Moments, scheduled for April 23-May 3.

The Transcona Hi Neighbour Festival has been cancelled. The annual even was scheduled for the weekend of June 5, 6 and 7.

The Unite 150 concert has been postponed.

Vision Quest Conference and Trade Show's annual event scheduled to happen May 12 to 14 in Winnipeg, Man. is cancelled and organizers are preparing for 2021.

West End Cultural Centre: Closed indefinitely

Winnipeg 420 has been cancelled, according to Steven Stairs, president of the Winnipeg 420 Organizing Committee. The event is held annually on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building on April 20.

Winnipeg Comedy Festival: Rescheduled for Aug. 23 to 29.

Winnipeg International Children’s Festival: Spring programming cancelled

Winnipeg Jewish Theatre: Cancelled its upcoming run of Narrow Bridge by Daniel Thau-Eleff, moving its world premiere into the 2020-21 season.

Winnipeg Model Railroad Club: Cancelled the annual spring show on April 4 and 5 at the Charleswood Legion.

Winnipeg Music Festival has postponed remaining 2020 sessions and concerts. 

Winnipeg Pride 2020 has been postponed. The annual event was scheduled to run from May 24 to 31. It is now being held Sept. 4 to 13.

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra: Cancelled all performances until May 31. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire moved from April 4 and 5 to Sept. 25 and 26. Tickets for original show still valid. The WSO Spring Gala, scheduled for April 20, has been postponed.

Winnipeg Wine Festival: Postponed until the fall of 2020.


Chiropractors and massage therapists have been mandated to shut down. Some physiotherapy clinics are still open for urgent and emergent care.

While dentists have not been mandated to shut down operations in Manitoba, they have been instructed to cancel all non-urgent care.


Assiniboine Park Zoo: The zoo, the café and the pavilion at Assiniboine Park closed to the public on March 18. All events and educational programs at the park and zoo are also cancelled. Live Creature Features events every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1 p.m. on Facebook

City of Winnipeg recreation and leisure: All city facilities, including pools and libraries, are closed until further notice.

Community centres: The General Council of Winnipeg Community Centres has recommended the immediate closure of all 63 urban community centres. Check with individual community centres to learn about closures or altered operating hours.

Golf Dome: Closed until further notice.

GoodLife Fitness: Closed all clubs across Canada until further notice.

FortWhyte Alive: Closed to the public, effective March 21.

The Manitoba School Boards Association has instructed all schools in the province to shut down their play structures and — where possible — dismantle equipment.

All National Parks throughout the country are closed.

Provincial Parks remain open in Manitoba.

Reh-Fit Centre: Closed until further notice.

Thermëa spa: Closed indefinitely.

Wellness centres: All wellness centres, gyms, etc. in the province were ordered to close March 20 at least 30 days.

Wellness Institute: Closed. Registration for camps and programs will still be open online with adjusted start dates for programs.

YMCA: Winnipeg YMCAs have closed all of their facilities until April 13. 


A nearly empty CF Polo Park.



Many local businesses have announced storefront closures. We provide updates here, but for the latest information on any specific shop, contact the individual business directly or check our directory of local businesses.

Bars have been mandated to close.

Beer vendors: Set their own hours, so Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Corp. suggests the best way to find out if the one near you is open is to call.

Canadian Tire: Retail stores will remain open with reduced hours. The company’s online store also remains open.

Cannabis: Tokyo Smoke and Tweed cannabis retail locations across Canada closed March 17. Parent company Canopy Growth will continue sales to customers and medical patients through e-commerce platforms.

The Forks Market is closed until further notice, including the Common.

Grocery stores: Most grocery stores, including Safeway, Sobeys, Superstore and Walmart, remain open. Sobeys and Safeway have reduced operating hours to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Superstore will now open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the first hour dedicated to seniors and those with disabilities. 

Hair salons have been mandated to close

HomeSense: Locations worldwide temporarily closed to the public, including online businesses.

Hudson’s Bay: Closed all of its storefronts. The Bay’s online store remains open.

IKEA Canada: Closed all stores nationwide.  Online shopping and home delivery. Click and collect pickup was suspended March 25.

Indigo: Book and gifts retailer closed its locations.

Lululemon: All stores in North America and Europe are closed.

Manitoba Liquor Mart: Stores in Winnipeg continue to operate. For details on exceptions and rural Liquor Mart hours, visit www.LiquorMarts.ca/hours.

Marshalls: Locations worldwide temporarily closed to the public, including online businesses.

Private wine stores: Set their own hours, so Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Corp. suggests the best way to find out if the one near you is open is to call.

Shopping malls: Most malls are open, although some have announced reduced hours of operation, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Food court dining area are closed. Many stores in retail malls are closed, even if the building is open. Check each business for updated hours.  

Shoppers Drug Mart: Hours are reduced. Check individual locations for revised opening hours.

Toys "R" Us: Closed all Canadian stores. Online shopping is still available.

Triangle: The parent company of Mark’s, SportChek, Pro Hockey Life and PartSource and other retail brands, has closed its stores.

Winners: Locations worldwide temporarily closed to the public, including online businesses.


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: Closed its facilities to the public, but hopes to debut live racing on its previously scheduled opening day on May 10, without fans in the stands.

All high school athletics for the rest of the school year have been cancelled. Provincial championships for badminton, baseball, fast pitch soccer and track and field have been scrapped. Other activities such as lacrosse, rubgy and ultimate have also been cancelled, and the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Assocation has postponed its hall of fame induction and luncheon to a later date. It was scheduled for May 9.

Manitoba 55+ Games: Cancelled  

Manitoba Moose: AHL suspended play until further notice.

Valour FC: Canadian Premier League has postponed season that was to commence on April 11; no date on when it will now begin.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers: Training camp postponed indefinitely.

Winnipeg Goldeyes: No word on when or if training camp will open. Regular season remains scheduled to begin May 19.

Winnipeg Ice: WHL has cancelled remainder of regular season, but still hopes to have playoffs.

Winnipeg Jets: NHL season on pause, no date set to resume.

Other sports:

Canadian Transplant Games: Originally scheduled for Aug. 10-15 in Winnipeg, have have been cancelled.

LPGA: Has postponed six scheduled tournaments; next event on the schedule is May 14-17.

MLB: spring training shutdown, season on pause, no date set to resume.

NBA: season on pause, no date set to resume.

NHL Draft: Originally scheduled for June 26-27 in Montreal has been postponed, no new date yet announced.

PGA: season on pause, events cancelled through May 17.

Queen's Plate postponed indefinitely.

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

Wimbledon: Cancelled.

British Open: Cancelled.

The Masters: Postponed to Nov. 12, The PGA Championship returns to August, while the U.S. Open plans to stay at Winged Foot and play Sept. 17-20, for now.



CAA Manitoba: Storefronts closed on March 17. Services continue to be offered by phone and online. Roadside service continues, but with social distancing protocols in place.

The Lakeview Hecla Resort has shut down. Located in the Interlake, roughly 190 kilometres north of Winnipeg, the resort says in will reassess the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic in late April.

Richardson International Airport: Remains open to flights from the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. Check arrivals and departures.

Travel isolation: All travellers need to self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days upon arrival in Canada.

Travel restrictions: Manitoba residents are advised to cancel or postpone all non-essential travel.

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

Winnipeg Transit Plus: Eligibility assessments have been suspended as of March 19.


Updated on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 4:03 PM CDT: Updates format

March 24, 2020 at 1:19 PM: Goldeyes, trade show event updated.

7:40 PM: updates WSO info

March 26, 2020 at 6:49 AM: Updates with park closures, section on non-emergency health services

1:06 PM: Updates sports categories.

1:36 PM: adds library info

March 27, 2020 at 8:13 AM: Adds Pride postponement

March 31, 2020 at 1:58 PM: Sports categories updated.

April 1, 2020 at 12:22 PM: Education update including universities.

2:46 PM: Sports updated.

April 3, 2020 at 7:25 AM: Updates with information on city hall, MPI

April 4, 2020 at 2:21 PM: Clarifies some physiotherapists are still open for urgent care.

April 6, 2020 at 2:48 PM: Adds British Open and the Masters

April 7, 2020 at 7:32 AM: Updates with Flatlanders Beer Festival cancelled

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