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.
Manitobans are asked to restrict gatherings by not allowing anyone from outside a household to visit either indoors or outdoors.
There are some exceptions to this rule; people may visit for the following purposes:
- to visit a person who lives alone (one designated person), or for a person who lives alone to visit another private residence;
- to provide health care, personal care or housekeeping services;
- for a visit between a child and parent who don't normally live together;
- to receive or provide child care, tutoring or other educational instruction;
- to perform construction, maintenance, renovations or repairs;
- to deliver items;
- to provide real estate or legal services;
- for any purpose a landlord may enter a premises;
- to respond to an emergency;
- to help a person move in our out of a residence.
Gatherings are restricted to groups of no more than five people, including household members, and they must visit outside in public spaces. No outdoor gatherings are permitted on privat property.
Weddings and funerals are limited to 10 people, plus an officiant and a photographer or videographer, provided the operator ensures attendees are reasonably able to stay two metres apart from people in different households.
The essential items list has been eliminated for retail businesses, allowing all stores, markets, garden centres and malls to open for the sale of all products, provided they maintain social-distancing requirements and 10 per cent capacity up to a maximum of 100 people. Stores can continue to sell items online, by telephone or by remote means for delivery or pick-up.
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
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.
Here’s a selection of what's open and closed in other sectors.
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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.
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 reopened 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.
Libraries: Closed effective May 9. Check the Winnipeg Public Library website for details.
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: Closed effective May 9.
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 at City Hall are suspended until further notice.
Child care: Child care centres and child care homes are open.
Day camps are closed.
Overnight camping activities at camps for children are prohibited.
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: All kindergarten and Grade 12 schools in Winnipeg and Brandon moved to remote learning for the period of May 12 to May 30.
For schools remaining open in other parts of Manitoba, the following additional measures will be implemented during this period:
- schools with multiple cases (outside of same household cases) will be moved proactively to remote learning as per existing guidance;
- school officials can require students and/or staff who are showing symptoms to stay home for 10 days and encourage them to seek testing. Household members without symptoms should also self-isolate (quarantine) until the sick individual’s test result is received;
- all extra-curricular activities, organized sports and off-site activities are suspended, except for physically-distanced walks/runs in the local community;
- no indoor singing and no indoor use of wind instruments will be allowed; and
- all other public health measures will remain in effect.
University and college campuses may reopen to provide hands-on instruction provided all classrooms and other areas of instruction are limited to 50 per cent of usual capacity to a maximum of 25 people.
People may also continue to receive instruction in emergency first aid, emergency response measures and workplace safety and health.
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. 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.
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.
Art Galleries: Closed effective May 9.
Bars: Restaurants, bars, patios and seating areas for food courts in malls are closed to in-person dining effective May 9. Restaurants and bars may provide take-out and delivery service.
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.
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: Closed effective May 9.
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra: See their site for details.
Manitoba Children's Museum: Closed.
Manitoba Museum: Closed, but offering digital programming. See their site for details.
Movie theatres: Closed.
Museums: Closed effective May 9.
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: Closed effective May 9. See their site for details.
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra: Livestream programming info available on the WSO website.
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.
Community, cultural and religious gatherings: Closed effective May 9. Drive-in services are permitted.
ComicCon: Postponed until Oct. 29-31, 2021.
Manitoba Ag Days: Cancelled.
Morden Corn and Apple Festival: Postponed until Aug. 26-28, 2022.
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.
Regulated health professionals including dentists, chiropractors, physiotherapists, optometrists and podiatrists are open.
Regulated personal services: Regulated professions, such as massage therapists, acupuncturists, and athletic therapists, can provide services.
Non-regulated health services, such as pedorthigysts and reflexologists, can operate with adequate physical distancing and requirements to collect information for contact tracing purposes.
Hair salons and barbers: Closed effective May 9.
Personal service businesses such as manicures, pedicures, electrolysis not performed by a health professional: Closed effective May 9.
Photography services: Allowed to provide photography and videography at weddings and funerals, outdoors, and at the business to individuals or people who live in the same household.
Self-help groups: Meetings can be held with a maximum of 10 participants, and all participants must be two metres away from each other.
Tattoo studios: Closed effective May 9.
Assiniboine Park: Outdoor exhibits open.
Community centres: May open subject to rules for indoor and outdoor facilities. Check with individual community centres for hours and details.
FortWhyte Alive: Reopened. See their site for details.
Indoor sports and recreation facilities: Closed effective May 9. This includes pool halls, arcades, go-kart tracks, escape rooms, climbing walls and children’s facilities, as well as gyms, fitness centres, yoga studios and swimming pools.
Horse racing: Permitted, but no members of the public other than the media are allowed to attend.
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.
Outdoor sports and recreation: May take place in a group of no more than five people. No organized team games are permitted, and participants must stay two metres apart. No spectators are permitted. Outdoor classes with up to five participants, including the instructor, are permitted.
Outdoor pools, including splash pads and wading pools: Closed.
Provincial parks: Open.
Trails and pathways: Open as usual. See details.
Retail and wholesale services may be open to the public limited to 10 per cent capacity or a maximum of 100 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, bars, patios and seating areas for food courts are closed to in-person dining, effective May 9. Sites may provide take-out and delivery services.
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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.
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.
Hockey Winnipeg: Cancelled all sanctioned activities effective Oct. 31, including practices, games, exhibition games, dryland workouts and team functions.
Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League: Season cancelled.
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: Revised target start date for the 2021 season is Aug. 15. The Grey Cup has been rescheduled to Dec. 12 in Hamilton.
Winnipeg Goldeyes: Announced a 100-game schedule to start in May. The team will play their home games at The Ballpark in Jackson, Tennessee to begin the 2021 season.
Winnipeg High School Hockey League: Season cancelled.
Winnipeg Ice: The Winnipeg Ice opened their season Saturday, March 13. Games are being played at a hub in Regina.
Winnipeg Jets: The NHL opened a 56-game season on Jan. 13.
Baseball Canada: Cancelled its 2020 national championships.
LPGA: Resumed play.
NBA: Resumed play.
MLB: Resumed play.
PGA: Resumed play.
RBC Canadian Open: Cancelled.
Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics: Rescheduled for July 23 - Aug. 8, 2021.
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. People in certain circumstances are not required to quarantine for 14 days; a list is available here.
In-province travel: Travel to remote communities and north of the 53rd parallel is prohibited, except in certain circumstances.
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.