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

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

Southern Manitobans are allowed have two designated people — friends or family — visit, or designate a second fhousehold so that two households can visit each other. Households are allowed up to 10 people, plus family members who live in the home, to visit on outdoor private property.

Gatherings in indoor places are limited to five people, and outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people.

The essential items list has been eliminated for retail businesses, allowing all stores to open for the sale of products, provided they maintain social-distancing requirements and 50 per cent occupancy (to a maximum of 250 people). Stores can continue to sell items online, by telephone or by remote means for delivery or pick-up.

All types of businesses are allowed to operate, except for indoor theatres, indoor concert halls, casinos and bingo halls.

Masks are required for anyone who enters or remains in an indoor public place. The mask must cover 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;
  • buses, taxis, limos and ride-sharing services

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

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

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 files)

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 files)

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.

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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.

CITY SERVICES

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

Animal Services: Open 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: The City of Winnipeg is reopening four arenas on March 15 for casual ice use at 25 per cent capacity: Eric Coy, Century, Terry Sawchuk and River East.

Archives: The City of Winnipeg Archives is closed to the public.  Some archives services can be accessed online.

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: The city will run a spring leisure guide program, but it won’t initially include swimming or skating lessons. Programs will be listed online by March 19, with registration starting March 23. 

Libraries: Beginning March 15, library customers can enter branches to pick up holds, return borrowed items, and register for or update memberships. Check the Winnipeg Public Library website for details.

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

Parking: The Parking Store is closed to the public. Services are availble online or by calling 311. The city is offering one-hour complimentary parking at all on-street metered locations throughout Winnipeg. 

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: The Bonivital, Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex, Elmwood Kildonans, Kinsmen Sherbrook, Margaret Grant, Pan Am, Sergeant Tommy Prince Place, Seven Oaks, St. James Assiniboia Centennial and Transcona Kinsmen Centennial pools will begin reopening on March 29.  Since the pools will open at just 25 per cent capacity, visitors are asked to book swim blocks before arriving. They’ll also be required to provide contact information.

The Eldon Ross and St. James Civic Centre pools remain closed.

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.

Transit: The city is asking that passengers only ride Transit for essential trips, such as grocery shopping or commuting for work. 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.

The Millennium Library (above) is open for hold pickups. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press files)

The Millennium Library (above) is open for hold pickups. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press files)

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. 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.ca. See the EIA website for more details.

Health: Non-urgent and elective surgeries and diagnostics are suspended as of Nov. 2. 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. 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: 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.

The Good Will Social Club, and every other live-music venue in the province, is closed. (Jesse Boily / Winnipeg Free Press files)

The Good Will Social Club, and every other live-music venue in the province, is closed. (Jesse Boily / Winnipeg Free Press files)

ENTERTAINMENT

Art Galleries: All art galleries can operate at 25 per cent capacity as of Feb. 12.

Bars: Bars, beverage rooms, brew pubs, micro-breweries and distilleries open at 25 per cent capacity effective Feb. 12 with patron groups limited to members of the same household only. Liquor Marts and some producers may provide delivery, drive-thru or takout services.

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

Bingo: Bingo halls closed.

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

Casinos: Closed.

Centennial Concert Hall: Closed. See the concert hall's site for details about livestreamed concerts.

Centre culturel franco-manitobain: Closed.

Dance, theatre and music facilities can open to a total capacity of 25 per cent.

Manitoba Chamber Orchestra: See their site for details.

Manitoba Children's Museum: Closed.

Manitoba Museum: Starting March 4, open Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. See their site for programming information.  The Planetarium is offering weekly "Dome@Home" all-ages video programming on space science including hands-on activities and experiments.

Movie theatres: Closed.

Museums: All museums can operate at 25 per cent capacity effective Feb. 12.

Prairie Theatre Exchange: Closed. PTE classes and workshops are being postponed.

Rec Room: Closed. See their site for details.

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre: Closed. See their site for details.

Theatre Projects Manitoba: Closed.

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

Winnipeg Art Gallery: Starting Feb. 14, open at 25 per cent capacity. See their site for details.

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra: Livestream programming info available on the WSO website.

EVENTS

Weddings and funerals: Up to 10 people, plus the officiant and a photographer or videographer, may attend a wedding or funeral if the operator of the premises ensures attendees are reasonably able to maintain two metres of separation from each other.

Faith-based servicesRegular services allowed at 25 per cent of usual capacity or 100 people, whichever is lower, effective March 5.  Starting March 13, masks are not required in faith facilities while household groups are seated at a service, if they are appropriately distanced from other groups and are not singing.

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

Manitoba Ag Days: Cancelled.

TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival: The annual music festival was set to take place in June 2021. Instead, the organization will be offering a series of virtual and capacity-controlled outdoor concerts throughout the summer and fall.

Winnipeg Folk Festival: The 2021 event, intended to be held July 8-11 at Birds Hill Provincial Park, has been cancelled.

HEALTH AND PERSONAL SERVICES (NON-EMERGENCY)

Regulated health professionals including dentists, chiropractors, physiotherapists, optometrists and podiatrists are open.

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

Non-regulated health services, such as pedorthists and reflexologists, can operate with adequate physical distancing and requirements to collect information for contact tracing purposes.

Hair salons and barbers: Can operate at 50 per cent capacity with adequate physical distancing and requirements to collect information for contact tracing purposes.

Personal service businesses, including manicurists, pedicurists, other esthetic services and tanning can operate at 50 per cent capacity.

Self-help groups: Meetings can be held at 25 per cent capacity of the location where meetings take place.

Tattoo studios: Can operate at 50 per cent capacity.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES

Assiniboine Park: Outdoor exhibits open.

Community centres: Check with individual community centres for hours and details. Outdoor casual sports, organized practices and games allowed effective Feb. 12. Multi-team tournaments not permitted.

FortWhyte Alive: Reopened.  See their site for details.

Indoor recreational facilities such as arcades, go-kart tracks and children’s facilities can open at 25 per cent capacity with physical distancing measures in place.

Indoor sporting facilities: Gyms, fitness centres, rinks, courts, fields, ranges, studios, clubs, pools and centres to open at 25 per cent total capacity, with public health measures in place including for spectators, common areas and locker rooms. Gym, fitness centre and pool users must continue to wear a mask while working out and in all other areas of the facility, with the exception of while in a swimming pool.

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. Casual sports, organized practices and games allowed as of Feb. 12, with multi-team tournaments not permitted. See which rinks are open

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.

A nearly empty Polo Park. Malls have reopened with reduced capacity limits. (Shannon VanRaes / Winnipeg Free Press files)

A nearly empty Polo Park. Malls have reopened with reduced capacity limits. (Shannon VanRaes / Winnipeg Free Press files)

SHOPPING

Retail and wholesale services may be open to the public limited to 50 per cent capacity or a maximum of 250 people, whichever is smaller.  

Retail businesses must comply with capacity limits and implement measures to ensure physical distancing.  

For the latest information on any specific shop, contact the individual business directly or check our directory of local businesses.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS

Restaurants and bars can operate at 50 per cent capacity with patron groups indoors limited to members of the same household only, effective March 5.

Starting March 13, outdoor dining is permitted on patios at restaurants and licensed premises for groups of up to six people from different households.

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

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

Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League: The league has cancelled play for the season.

Manitoba Moose: The AHL's Manitoba Moose opened its regular season at Bell MTS Place on Monday, Feb. 15. 

Valour FC: The Canadian Premier League plans a 2021 season.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers: A schedule has been released and a season is planned, beginning in May.

Winnipeg Goldeyes: Announced 100 game schedule to start in May. 

Winnipeg High School Hockey League: Has cancelled season.

Winnipeg Ice: The WHL is planning a 2020-21 regular season consisting of 24 games. The Winnipeg Ice open their season Saturday, March 13 vs the Brandon Wheat Kings in the hub city of Regina.

Winnipeg Jets: The NHL opened a 56-game season on Jan. 13. 

Other sports:

Baseball Canada: Cancelled its 2020 national championships.

LPGA: Resumed play.

NBA: Resumed play.

MLB: Spring training currently underway.

PGA: Resumed play.

RBC Canadian Open: Cancelled

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. Check arrivals and departures.

International travel: As of Jan. 7, 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.

U.S. travel: Canada's land border with the United States is closed to non-essential travel. 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: As of Jan. 28, people entering Manitoba from all jurisdictions must self-isolate for 14 days upon their return. All 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.

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 are running. For route and schedule details, visit Winnipeg Transit or contact 311.

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