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

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Manitoba is rolling ahead with its phased reopening plan and easing restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Annual events have been cancelled and some businesses and services remain closed for the foreseeable future in the interest of public health.

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. Customer service agents are available between 7 a.m. and noon, Monday to Saturday.

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

Jump to: Emergency response | City services | Provincial services | Justice and courts | Community resources | Entertainment | Events | Health and personal services (non-emergency)Leisure activities | Shopping | Restaurants and Bars | SportsTravel 

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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 anpd 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: The service centre at police headquarters (245 Smith Street) will reopen 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 will be 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. 

CITY SERVICES

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.

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

Community services: Closed to the public.

Downtown skywalks: Reopened for weekday access between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m..

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.

Insect Control: Buffer zone applications are not being accepted in person. Residents can contact 311 or submit written applications to the Insect Control Branch at 3 Grey St., Winnipeg, MB, R2L 1V2. 

Inspections: All interior residential inspections have been suspended.

Libraries: Eight of the city's 20 public libraries are open for holds pick-up, telephone reference services and book returns as of June 22. Find a list of locations and opening hours at: https://guides.wpl.winnipeg.ca/covid19services.

Recreation Centres: All recreation and leisure facilities are closed.

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.

Outdoor Swimming and Wading Pools: Several outdoor swimming pools and wading pools will be open to the public starting July 3. To use them, people must register for a two-hour block at Winnipeg.ca/leisure online, or by calling 311. Swimmers are required to arrive to the pool in their swimsuits, as changing rooms are closed. They also are required to be two metres away from people who don’t live in their household, the city says. People with symptoms of illness are advised not to visit pools. After each two-hour block, the city says pools will be closed for 30 minutes for staff to disinfect the area.

For full pool guidelines and registration information, visit the City of Winnipeg’s website

Indoor Pools: The city’s indoor pools remain closed to public access.

Spray pads: Most stand-alone spray pads are open as of June 3. The St. James Assiniboia Centennial remains closed.

Taxation: Front counter is closed to the public.

Transit: City buses continue to operate, but enhanced Saturday service is operating on weekdays. For route and schedule details, visit Winnipeg Transit or contact 311. Three Winnipeg Transit customer service kiosks are closed.

Transit Plus: Winnipeg Transit Plus eligibility assessments have been suspended.

Water and Waste: The annual water meter reading program is cancelled and staff no longer perform in-person water meter inspections, removal or replacements.

Weddings: Bookings and ceremonies resumed June 22.

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The closed Millennium Library.

MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS The closed Millennium Library.

PROVINCIAL SERVICES

Child care: Child-care centres can return to regular licensed capacity as of June 21.

Education: Classes remain suspended, but schools are now open for staff and specific programs. Teachers are permitted to meet students in small groups or one-on-one. 

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. 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. In-person hearings begin July 6.

Manitoba Public Insurance: MPI service centres not being used as testing hubs adjusted their hours as of April 6. All such centres are 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. Class 1 road tests and knowledge testing for semi-truck drivers resumed May 19. All other classes of road tests remain unavailable.

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.

JUSTICE AND COURTS

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

Court of Queen’s Bench: The Court of Queen's Bench has resumed in-person trials for criminal, civil and child protection cases. All trials scheduled between May 26 and June 30 will happen in person, except for jury trials, which are still on hold. Small claims court hearings have resumed.

Provincial court will reopen court proceedings on a staged and incremental basis beginning June 1 and only for those who are necessary to the proceedings. The courts will remain closed to the general public.

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, and the courts are prioritizing which in-custody cases should be heard and when.

Non-jury criminal trials will proceed in person.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Archdiocese of Winnipeg: All public masses on weekdays and weekends are allowed to resume with strict social distancing guidelines at the discretion of individual pastors and administrators. 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 is expanding in-person programs and services. Their main office is open to the public Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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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.

ENTERTAINMENT

Bingo: Bingo halls can open at half capacity on June 21. 

Canadian Museum for Human Rights: Reopened.

Casinos: Club Regent and McPhillips Station casinos are set to reopen tentatively on July 2. Non-smoking VLT lounges can reopen at half capacity on June 21.

Centennial Concert Hall: All performances have been suspended.

Centre culturel franco-manitobain: Closed.

Children’s Museum: Closed

Cineplex: All theatres are closed.

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

Cre8ery Art Gallery: Open. Visitors must wear masks.

Dalnavert Museum and Visitor Centre: Reopened May 20 with some restrictions.

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

Manitoba Chamber Orchestra: All shows have been cancelled.

Manitoba Museum: Open weekends.

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.

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.  See hours of operation.

Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque: Closed, but offering "Cinematheque at Home," a new streaming option to watch new theatrical releases of independent film at home.  See details.

Winnipeg Railway Museum: Has reopened.

EVENTS

Assiniboine Park: The conservancy has cancelled all of its summer events.  The zoo reopened outdoor areas on May 13.

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.

Folklorama: Cancelled, with an option to view entertainment through Folklorama At Home

GameFest Winnipeg 2020: Cancelled

Gimli Film Festival: In-person events cancelled; movies to be streamed online.

Good Will Social Club: Closed.

Icelandic Festival in Gimli: In-person events on the August long weekend will not go ahead, but the festival will switch to a virtual format.

Jazz Winnipeg festival: Postponed. 

Manitoba Airshow: Cancelled.

Manitoba Filipino Street Festival: Cancelled. 

Manitoba Open Farm Day: Cancelled

Manitoba Stampede: Cancelled.

Manitoba Summer Fair: Cancelled.

The Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion & Stampede: Cancelled with plans underway for 2021.

Morden Corn and Apple Festival: Cancelled

National Ukrainian Festival: The festival cheduled to take place in Dauphin has been cancelled. Ticket holders for this year's events will be contacted for options. The festival will resume next year on July 30- Aug. 1.

Osborne Village BIZ Canada Day Street Festival: Cancelled.

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

Rainbow Stage: 2020 season cancelled.

Red River Exhibition: Cancelled.

Real Love Festival: Cancelled.

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre: Cancelled the remainder of the 2019/20 season. 

Stonewall Quarry Days: Cancelled.

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

Theatre Projects Manitoba: Postponed.

Unite 150 concert has been cancelled. Plans are underway to hold the concert in the summer of 2021.

Vision Quest Conference and Trade Show: Cancelled for 2020. 

West End Cultural Centre: Closed.

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

Winnipeg Folk Festival: Cancelled. Refunds will be made available to those who have already purchased festival passes, but those people will be asked to instead donate the ticket price to the festival and receive a charitable donation tax receipt. 

Winnipeg Pride 2020 Postponed. The annual event is now being held digitally Sept. 4 to 13.

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra: Cancelled or rescheduled all upcoming performances.  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert, scheduled to take place April 4 & 5, have now been rescheduled for September 25 & 26, 2020.  More details on rescheduled dates available on the WSO website

Winnipeg Wine Festival: Postponed until the fall of 2020.

Winnipeg Fringe Festival: Cancelled.

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.

Therapeutic massage and acupuncture services resumed effective May 4.

The above services may provide regular services while following new provincial guidelines.

Hair salons were permitted to reopen effective May 4, while following new provincial guidelines.

Personal service businesses, including manicurists, pedicurists, tattoo parlours, estheticians, cosmetologists, electrologists and tanning salons, could reopen at 50 per cent capacity as of June 1. 

LEISURE ACTIVITIES

Amusement parks: Permanent outdoor amusement parks can open with 50 per cent capacity and physical distancing measures in place as of June 21.

Assiniboine Park Zoo: The zoo's outdoor areas reopened May 13.  Smaller buildings, play structures, gift shops and buildings with high-touch displays will 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 maximum of 25 people per site. Check with individual community centres for opening hours. 

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

Golf: The Manitoba government announced golf courses and driving ranges across the province have been given the green light to open for the season on May 4, albeit under strict guidelines.

Golf Dome: Reopened.

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.

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

National Parks: Riding Mountain National Park reopened June 22 to visitors with existing reservations. New reservations can be made starting June 27.

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 remain open in Manitoba.

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A nearly empty CF Polo Park.

SHANNON VANRAES / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS A nearly empty CF Polo Park.

SHOPPING

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 can open patios but cannot serve drinks indoors.

Beer vendors: Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Corp. says the best way to find out if the one near you is open, or is accepting returns of empty cans and bottles, is to call.

Canadian Tire: Retail stores remain open with reduced hours. 

Cannabis: Tokyo Smoke and Tweed cannabis retail locations in Winnipeg have reopened.

The Forks Market: Open, but with no indoor seating.

Grocery stores: Most grocery stores, including Safeway, Sobeys, Superstore and Walmart, remain open.  Most have reduced operating hours, and some reserve the first hour after opening for seniors and people vulnerable to COVID-19.  

HomeSense: Reopened.

Indigo: Reopened.

Lululemon: Reopened.

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

Marshalls: Reopened.

McNally Robinson Booksellers: The Grant Park store is open to the public and is still offering curbside pickup and delivery in Winnipeg.

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. Some food court dining areas have reopened at half capacity. Many stores in retail malls are closed, even if the building is open. Check each business for updated hours.  

Shoppers Drug Mart: Reduced hours.

Toys "R" Us: Reopened.

Triangle: The parent company of Mark’s, SportChek, Pro Hockey Life and PartSource and other retail brands, has reopened some stores. Check websites for local information.

Winners: Reopened.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS

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.

SPORTS

Assiniboia Downs: Opened its 2020 thoroughbred racing season on May 25 without fans in the stands.

High school athletics: Cancelled.

Manitoba 55+ Games: Cancelled.

Manitoba Games: Cancelled.

Manitoba Junior Baseball League: Teams began practising June 8. Regular season to likely begin around July 1.

Manitoba Marathon: Postponed, with tentative date of Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020.

Manitoba Moose: The rest of the 2019-20 season cancelled.

Manitoba Open golf tournament: Cancelled.

Super-Spike 2020: Cancelled

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: Canadian Premier League has postponed season, however, it is looking at a plan to begin in late July at a single site. Valour FC began training in small groups on June 7.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers: Training camp postponed indefinitely.

Winnipeg Goldeyes: The American Association of Independent Professional Baseball team will play a 60-game season and be based out of Fargo, one of three hub cities. Spring training begins June 25, with opening day set for July 3.

Winnipeg Ice: WHL has cancelled remainder of regular season and playoffs.

Winnipeg Jets: NHL regular-season cancelled, although a 24-team playoff format could begin later this summer. League is in Phase 2 of its return-to-play plan. As of June 8, teams are allowed to re-open training facilities to allow small groups of players to train on and off the ice. To date, the Jets have not been skating.

Other sports: 

Baseball Canada: Cancelled all its 2020 national championships, including the Women's Invitational, Aug. 20-23, in Stonewall.

Golf Canada: All national amateur events cancelled. 

Boston Marathon: Cancelled.

British Open: Cancelled.

The Canadian Open: Cancelled. 

Canadian Transplant Games: Cancelled.

LPGA: Has cancelled or postponed events until late summer or fall.

The Masters: Postponed to Nov. 12, The PGA Championship returns to August. U.S. Open plans to play Sept. 17-20, for now.

MLB: Season on pause, no date set to resume.

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

NHL Draft: Postponed, no new date yet announced.

PGA: season on pause, events aimed to restart June 8.

Queen's Plate: Postponed.

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

Wimbledon: Cancelled.

The Women's European Championship in 2021 postponed until July 2022.

TRAVEL

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

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

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

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.

Travel restrictions: — Travellers from western Canada and northwestern Ontario can visit parks, cabins, lodges and resorts north of the 53rd parallel without a self-isolation period as of June 21.

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.

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Updated on Monday, June 22, 2020 at 4:37 PM CDT: Updates city and provincial services, courts, community resources, shopping and travel.

July 2, 2020 at 7:50 AM: Updates information on city pools

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