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Some restrictions put in place in the spring to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in Manitoba have been rolled back, but others have returned due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.

As of Nov. 19, Manitoba is currently under a provincial response level of red or critical.  Manitobans are advsied that social contact must be restricted to household contact only. People who do not reside in a household are not permitted to enter another property or residence, with some exceptions.

Gatherings in indoor or outdoor public places are limited to five persons for some specific purposes like weddings, funerals and physically distanced outdoor activities. Larger gatherings are subject to fines.

Retail businesses must sell only essential items in store, as well as ensure compliance with capacity limits and implement measures to ensure physical distancing. See the province's list of essential items. Stores can continue to sell essential or non-essential items online, by telephone or by remote means for delivery or pick-up.

As of Oct. 19, any person who enters or remains in an indoor public place must wear a mask covering the mouth, nose and chin without gapping.

Indoor public spaces where masks are required include:

  • areas of office buildings where the public has access;
  • areas in retail stores where the public has access;
  • common areas of residential buildings and shopping malls;
  • schools and health care facilities;
  • restaurants and bars;
  • buses, taxis, limos and ride-sharing services.

The Winnipeg Free Press is closed to customer service at our building at 1355 Mountain Ave. Subscribers can also reach Customer Service between 7 a.m. and noon, Monday to Saturday, by calling 204-697-7000 or by email

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

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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.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE

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.

Still open and ready to serve: Directory of Winnipeg restaurants, shops and businesses

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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 directory service to help our community connect with companies still open for business.

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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. Criminal record checks can start the process via online portal.

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. 

Hit and run car accidents can now be reported online. People can also use virtual police response to video conference with officers; the service is available for non-domestic assaults and robberies where the suspect is unknown (and that are not in progress), and non-domestic theft, mischief and damage reports with a known suspect.

CITY SERVICES

For the latest information on city services, visit the City of Winnipeg website.

Animal Services: Reopened for purchase or renewal of pet licences weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., and weekends noon to 5 p.m.  To adopt a dog, view available dogs online and call 311.  For lost pets, see Winnipeg Lost Dog Alert on Facebook and contact 311 to make arrangements.

Arenas: Closed effective Oct. 31 until further notice.

Archives: Research room available by appointment.

Assessment: Front counter is closed to the public. 

City Clerk: Reopened to the public.

City Hall: The 311 customer service counter and city clerk’s department front counter have reopened to the public. Committee and council meetings are closed to in-person viewing but are broadcast on the city's YouTube channel.

Community centres: Check with individual community centres for hours and details.

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.

Inspections: All interior residential property inspections have been suspended. Other inspections will be completed through photos or via phone until further notice.

Leisure Guide: All leisure guide programming cancelled as of Oct. 31.

Libraries: All libraries closed effective Oct. 31. Check the Winnipeg Public Library website for details.  

Recreation centres: All recreation centres, gyms and indoor pools closed as of Oct. 31.

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 and dog parks are open. City playgrouds and athletic fields reopened Dec. 15.

Permits: The city's zoning and permits branch is not accepting walk-in customers and are not availablefor in-person customer service. Building permit applications are available online.

Pools: Closed as of Oct. 31.

Skating: Allowed on outdoor pleasure rinks in city parks, as conditions permit.  See which rinks are open.  The city is also running it's Adopt-A-Rink program this year, which allows volunteers to maintain a rink in a park near their home.  See details.

Skiing: Groomed cross-country ski trails in parks and golf courses are open as conditions permit.  See trail details.

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

Toboggan hills and winter slides: Use is permitted in city parks, as conditions permit. See which slides are open.

Trails and pathways: Open as usual.  See details.

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 mandatory on all buses.

Water and Waste: Effective Oct. 1, the city resumed assessing and collecting penalties and interest for late payments on water bills. Residents experiencing financial hardship are encouraged to contact the city to make payment arrangements. 

Weddings: Bookings and ceremonies suspended until further notice.

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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.

PROVINCIAL SERVICES

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, but some K-8 schools are offering temporary remote learning to create additional space.  Grades 9 to 12 are using a mix of in-class and online education. After the winter break, Manitoba students in Grade 7 to 12 will shift to remote learning for two weeks, from Jan. 4 to Jan. 15. During this period remote learning will also be an otpion for kindergarten to Grade 6 students.  Field trips have been cancelled or postponed.  Students cannot sing in choirs or play wind instruments indoors.  See the province's website for further details.

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: Non-urgent and elective surgeries and diagnostics are suspended as of Nov. 2.  Patiens will be contacted directly if their scheduled surgery is affected.

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.

Student Aid: Student loan repayments were suspended between April 1 and Sept. 30, 2020. Repayment of Manitoba Student Loans resumed 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.

JUSTICE AND COURTS

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.

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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.

ENTERTAINMENT

Bars: Bars, beverage rooms, brew pubs, micro-breweries and distilleries are closed to the public. Liquor Marts and some producers may provide delivery, drive-thru or takout services.

Bingo: Bingo halls closed as of Oct. 19.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights: Closed. See their site for details.

Casinos: Closed as of Oct. 19.

Centennial Concert Hall: Closed to the public. See the concert hall's site for details about livestreamed concerts as well as postponed and cancelled shows.

Centre culturel franco-manitobain: Closed.

Children’s Museum: Closed.

Costume Museum of Canada: Closed to the public.

Cre8ery Art Gallery: See their site for details.

Dalnavert Museum and Visitor Centre: Closed until further notice.

Landmark Cinemas: Closed as of Nov. 2.

Manitoba Chamber Orchestra: See their site for details

Manitoba Museum and Planetarium: Closed until further notice. See their site for details.

Movie theatres: Closed as of Nov. 2.

Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts: Offering some virtual programming. See their site for details.

Plug In ICA: Closed until further notice.

Rec Room:  Closed. See their site for details.

Transcona Museum: Closed. 

Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery: Closed to the public, hoping to reopen in January 2021.

West End Cultural Centre: Closed to the public, but offering some virtual programming.  See their site for details

Winnipeg Art Gallery: Closed Nov. 2 until further notice. See their site for details. 

Winnipeg Railway Museum: See their site for details.

EVENTS

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

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

ComicCon postponed until Oct. 29-31, 2021.

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

Manitoba Ag Days: The 2021 event is cancelled.

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

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

Theatre Projects Manitoba: Postponed.

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra: Details on cancelled and rescheduled dates as well as new programming are available on the WSO website

HEALTH AND PERSONAL SERVICES (NON-EMERGENCY)

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

Regulated personal services: Regulation professions, such as massage therapists and athletic therapists, can continue to provide services. 

Hair salons and barbers: Closed.

Personal service businesses, including manicurists, pedicurists and other esthetic services are closed.  

Faith-based services: Closed or providing only services virtually.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES

Assiniboine Park: Zoo, gift shop, art galleries in The Pavilion, duck pond shelter and washrooms are closed to the public. Indoor dining at the Park Cafe is closed, but takeout service is available daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Community centres: Check with individual community centres for hours and details.

Fitness Centres and Spas: Gyms and fitness centres closed.

FortWhyte Alive: Closed.

National Parks: Riding Mountain National Park is open.

Outdoor drive-in events: Permitted, as long as people in each vehicle are from the same household, and they stay inside their vehicle at all times and do not interact with people outside the vehicle.

Provincial parks: Open.

Skating: Allowed on outdoor pleasure rinks in city parks, as conditions permit.  See which rinks are open.  The city is also running it's Adopt-A-Rink program this year, which allows volunteers to maintain a rink in a park near their home.  See details.

Skiing: Groomed cross-country ski trails in parks and golf courses are open as conditions permit.  See trail details.

Toboggan hills and winter slides: Use is permitted in city parks, as conditions permit. See which slides are open.

Trails and pathways: Open as usual.  See details.

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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.

SHOPPING

Retail and wholesale service providing critical services may be open to the public limted to 25 per cent capacity or a maximum of 250 people, whichever is smaller.  Other retail businesses may be open but only to e-services, curbside pickup or delivery.

Retail businesses must sell only essential items in store, as well as ensure compliance with capacity limits and implement measures to ensure physical distancing. See the province's list of essential items.

Stores can continue to sell essential or non-essential items online, by telephone or by remote means for delivery or pick-up.

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.

Examples of critical retail services include shops providing:

  • food or household consumer goods necessary for the safety, sanitation or operation of residences and businesses, such grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, butcher shops, bakeries, markets and hardware stores;
  • businesses that provide personal protective equipment or protective clothing for use in the workplace;
  • businesses that provide essential goods and services for the health and well-being of animals;
  • gas stations and fuel companies;
  • office supply and service businesses;
  • computer products and related repair and maintenance services; and
  • businesses that hold a retail liquor licence, a manufacturer's licence or a retail cannabis licence.
See the complete list of businesses permitted to open to the public.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS

Restaurants and bars are closed to in-person service as of Nov. 2. Take-out and delivery is permitted.

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.

SPORTS

Most sports and recreation programming in Winnipeg is suspended effective Nov. 2. 

Hockey Winnipeg: Cancelled all sanctioned activities effective Oct. 31, including practices, games, exhibition games, dryland workouts and team functions. 

Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League: All games postponed until further notice.  Check their site for details.

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 is scheduled to start Feb. 5, 2021.

Team sports: Most sports and recreation programming in Winnipeg is suspended effective Nov. 2. 

Valour FC: The Canadian Premier League began its truncated season at the University of Prince Edward Island on Aug. 13. The team went 2-2-3 and finished in sixth place, lower than required to qualify for the second round.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers: 2020 CFL season cancelled.

Winnipeg Goldeyes: The team played a 60-game season based in Fargo. Administration, team store and box office closed until further notice.

Winnipeg High School Hockey League: Suspended play effective Oct. 30.

Winnipeg Ice: The 2020-21 season had been scheduled to start Jan. 8, but has been delayed indefinitely.

Winnipeg Jets: The NHL has a target date for the NHL's season opener "on or around" Jan. 1, 2021. The Winter Classic and All-Star games have been cancelled for 2021.

Other sports: 

Baseball Canada: Cancelled all its 2020 national championships.

LPGA: Play resumed.

The Masters: Postponed to Nov. 12. Dustin Johnson won with a five-shot victory.

MLB: Regular season began July 23 and ended Oct. 27 with the Los Angeles Dodgers winning the World Series.

NBA: The NBA finals were held Sept. 30 to Oct. 11.  The Los Angeles Lakers won the championship.

NFL: The NFL season began Sept. 10.

PGA: Resumed play.

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

TRAVEL

CAA Manitoba: 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 at least Jan. 21, 2021.  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.