At private residences, people can allow up to five visitors indoors, in addition to the people who reside there. Outside, up to 25 people are permitted on private property, and visitors may briefly enter the home for essential reasons such as using the bathroom.
In public spaces, indoor gatherings with up to 25 people are permitted, and 150 people outdoors.
The Winnipeg Free Press is closed to customer service at our building at 1355 Mountain Ave. Subscribers can reach Customer Service between 7 a.m. and noon, Monday to Saturday, by calling 204-697-7000 or by email.
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.
Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Service: Station tours and in-classroom presentations are cancelled.
Winnipeg Police Service: The service centre at police headquarters (245 Smith St.) reopened to the public on June 22 to allow Winnipeggers to file police reports in person daily between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily.
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.
Archives: The City of Winnipeg Archives is closed to the public. Some archives services can be accessed online.
Bilingual Service Centre: Closed. Visit city hall for in-person service, or contact 311.
City Clerk: Open to the public.
City Hall: The 311 customer service counter and city clerk’s department front counter have reopened to the public. The Council Building reopens to the public under limited circumstances on July 28, including appearing as a delegation and meeting by appointment with elected officials. Council is continuing to hold electronic meetings of Council and Committees of Council which can be watched 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 in-home inspection appointments will be conducted virtually until further notice. Inspections of unoccupied homes will continue, as will on-site inspections for urgent situations. The alternate video inspections program was developed as an alternative to in-person interior, occupied residential inspections.
Commercial inspections of unoccupied dwellings, new construction, and alterations in existing buildings, are subject to COVID-19 pre-screening at time of inspection requests and at time of inspection.
Libraries: Open with limited capacity.
Parking: The Parking Store is closed to the public. Services are availble online or by calling 311. Until Sept. 31, 2021, the city is offering one-hour complimentary parking at all on-street metered locations throughout Winnipeg, and relaxed enforcement of one- and two-hour time limits on residential streets, except around Deer Lodge Centre.
Parks: City parks, dog parks, playgrounds and athletic fields are open.
Permits: The city's zoning and permits branch is not accepting walk-in customers and are not available for in-person customer service. Building permit applications are available online.
Pools: Spray pads, outdoor pools and wading pools are open for the season. Washrooms at spray pads are not available for use. Swiming lessons are being offered at outdoor pools.
Trails and pathways: Open.
Transit: Masks are mandatory on all buses and in Winnipeg Transit Plus vehicles.
Water and Waste: In-home visits for emergency utility services are availble, but water-meter reading and inspections, meter returns, removals and replacements have been suspended.
Weddings: Outdoor wedding resume July 30 at the pre-pandemic capacity of 25 people.
Child care: Child care centres and child care homes are open.
Day camps are open to maximum of 20 people.
Overnight camping activities at camps for children are prohibited.
Education: Schools closed for summer.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. In-person services are available for people in an emergency or crisis or who cannot access a phone or internet service. See the EIA website for more details.
Health: Patients 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. Indoor residential meter readings have been suspended. See hydro's website for a detailed list of changes to other services.
Labour: Most hearings and case management is being conducted by videoconference. Offices remain closed for public inquiries. See the Manitoba Labour Board website for the latest details.
Licence suspensions: In-person hearings open.
Manitoba Public Insurance: Service centres have resumed regular hours. Booking of most knowledge and road tests has resumed.
Art Galleries: Open to 50 per cent capacity to fully immunized people only. Unvaccinated children under 12 may attend if accompanied by fully vaccinated members of their household.
Assiniboine Park Zoo: Open.
Bars: Restaurants, bars and patios are open at 50 per cent capacity for indoors and outside. For indoor dining, patrons seated together must be from the same household unless all patrons at the table are fully immunized. For outdoor dining, tables are limited to a maximum of eight patrons and can be from different households regardless of immunization status.
Weddings and funerals: Outdoor weddings and funerals may take place with up to 150 participants, in addition to photographer and officiants; indoor weddings and funerals limited to 25 people.
Community, cultural and religious gatherings: Indoor faith-based services and organized community cultural gatherings at 50 per cent capacity with a limit of 150 people with masks worn at all times. Outdoor faith-based and organized community gatherings (powwows, sun dance ceremonies) up to 150 people. Drive-in services continue to be permitted.
ComicCon: Postponed until Oct. 29-31, 2021.
Grey Owl Golf Tournament: Cancelled.
Manitoba Ag Days: Cancelled.
Morden Corn and Apple Festival: Cancelled.
TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival: Cancelled.
International travel: All travellers five years of age or older have to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada.
All international travellers also need to self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days upon arrival in Canada, including three days at a hotel, unless they are fully vaccinated. The hotel stopover requirement will be lifted for travellers arriving by air on Aug. 9.
U.S. travel: The United States has extended land border restrictions to Canadians until Aug. 21. Canadians can cross land borders into the U.S. only for essential reasons. Canadians who wish to travel to the U.S. can still do so by air but must submit a negative COVID-19 test three days prior to departure or proof from a licensed health-care provider that they have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
Effective Aug. 9, American citizens and permanent residents of the United States, who currently reside in the United States, who meet specific criteria to qualify as fully vaccinated, are permitted to enter Canada for discretionary travel.
Domestic travel: People entering Manitoba from all jurisdictions must self-isolate for 14 days upon their return, unless they are fully vaccinated.
Unvaccinated travellers are advised to get two COVID-19 tests — one on the day of arrival, and another on the seventh day after arriving in Manitoba regardless of whether they are displaying symptoms, and whether they are visiting Manitoba or are returning from out of the country. Unvaccinated people in certain circumstances are not required to quarantine for 14 days; a list is available here.
Travel in Manitoba: Public health officials strongly recommend that COVID-19 testing occur before travel to First Nations and Indigenous and Northern communities, and before someone returns to a community if a resident has been away for more than 48 hours.
Individuals without symptoms of COVID-19 travelling to, or returning to, a First Nations or Indigenous and Northern community can seek testing within three days of travel at no cost. Testing is recommended for individuals who have received one or two doses of vaccine.
Winnipeg Transit: City buses are running. For route and schedule details, visit Winnipeg Transit or contact 311.
Winnipeg Transit Plus: Resumed appointments for in-person assessments.
Still open and ready to serve: Directory of Winnipeg restaurants, shops and businesses
Posted: 4:08 PM Mar. 27, 2020
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.