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

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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 -- thodugh at the start of May, some business and services began to reopen.

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 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.

CITY SERVICES

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. 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: Closed to the public.

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.

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. 

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

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The closed Millennium Library.

MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS The closed Millennium Library.

PROVINCIAL SERVICES

Child care: Licensed child-care centres, including facilities in schools, can operate for up to 16 children. Home-based child care can operate with up to eight 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 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: As of May 26, the Court of Queen's Bench will resume 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.

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. Main office remains closed to the public but staff is on hand for emergencies.

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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: All bingo halls and gaming centres are closed.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights: Closed.

Casinos: Closed.

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: Closed.

Cre8ery Art Gallery: Closed until June 10, but art can be purchased online with contactless pickup.

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: Closed.  Public visits, including the planetarium and science gallery, are suspended.

Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts: Open by appointment only. To make an appointment, email outreach@platformgallery.org.

Plug In ICA: Closed.

Rec Room: Closed.

Transcona Museum: Closed

Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery: Closed

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.

Flatlander’s Beer Festival: Cancelled.

Folklorama: Cancelled.

GameFest Winnipeg 2020: Cancelled

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

Good Will Social Club: Closed.

The Happy Days on Henderson festival has been cancelled. 

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. Jim Cuddy Band (June 11); Faouzia (June 13) remain as scheduled; and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals (June 17) is cancelled.

Manitoba Airshow: Cancelled.

Manitoba Filipino Street Festival: Cancelled. Funding from sponsors will carry over to 2021 event.

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.

Rady JCC Ken Kronson Sports Dinner: 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.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic: Picnic cancelled. A virtual event including activities, crafts, scavenger hunts and video segments from the Dr. Goodbear Clinic will be held on the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba’s Facebook page.

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

Theatre Projects Manitoba: Postponed.

Transcona Hi Neighbour Festival: Cancelled.

Unite 150 concert has been cancelled.

Vision Quest Conference and Trade Show: Cancelled.

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 International Children’s Festival: Cancelled.

Winnipeg Jewish Theatre: Cancelled its upcoming run of Narrow Bridge by Daniel Thau-Eleff.

Winnipeg Music Festival has postponed remaining 2020 sessions and concerts. 

Winnipeg Pride 2020 has been postponed. The annual event 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.

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.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES

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. 

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

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: 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: Closed.

GoodLife Fitness: Closed.

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: Starting June 1, some Parks Canada places will begin to offer limited access and services, including Riding Mountain National Park. Camp facilities will remain closed until at least June 21.

Provincial Parks remain open in Manitoba.

Reh-Fit Centre: Closed.

Thermëa spa: Closed.

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. 

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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: Book and gifts retailer closed its locations.

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. 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: 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

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: Has received official approval to begin its 2020 thoroughbred racing season without fans in the stands on May 25. The 2020 racing card was originally scheduled to open on May 10 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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. Manitoba High Schools Athletic Assocation has postponed its hall of fame induction ceremony.

Manitoba 55+ Games: Cancelled  

Manitoba Games: Postponed to July 11–17, 2021.

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

Manitoba Moose: The rest of the 2010-19 campaign is cancelled.

Super-Spike 2020: Cancelled

Valour FC: Canadian Premier League has postponed season.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers: Training camp postponed indefinitely.

Winnipeg Goldeyes: Postponed. The league is aiming to start the season in early July and the current plan is to play an 80-game schedule extending to late September.

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:

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

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.

The Lakeview Hecla Resort: Open; pool and spa are closed, restaurant is open for patio, take-out or room serivce.

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 Manitoba.

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.

History

Updated on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 4:50 PM CDT: Updates with reopenings.

May 22, 2020 at 2:53 PM: Updates with reopenings.

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