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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.

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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.


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: 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) reopened 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. 


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 were open for holds, pick-ups, telephone reference services and book returns as of June 22. All library branches began allowing people to pick up holds as of Aug. 4. Find a list of locations and opening hours at:

Recreation Centres: Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex partially reopened July 20. The weight rooms at Fort Rouge Leisure Centre, Freight House Recreation Centre, Sergeant Tommy Prince Place and Peguis Trail Health and Fitness Centre will open Aug. 17.

Parking: The Parking Store is closed to the public.

Parks: City parks are open and park rental bookings are now accepted.

Outdoor Swimming and Wading Pools: Several outdoor swimming pools and wading pools will be open to the public. To use them, people must register for a two-hour block at 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 Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex and Pan Am pools partially reopened July 20, and swimming lessons resumed at the latter on Aug. 10. The Margaret Grant, Seven Oaks, St. James Assiniboia Centennial and Sergeant Tommy Prince Place indoor pools opened Aug. 10.

Spray pads: Most stand-alone spray pads are open. 

Taxation: Front counter is closed to the public.

Transit: Full summer schedule resumed Aug. 4. The fall schedule begins Sept. 6. There will be full service to all elementary, middle and high schools under the fall schedule. Express service will be reduced by 15 per cent, and post-secondary service will also operate in a reduced capacity because most classes are online.

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.


The closed Millennium Library.



Child care: Child-care centres can return to regular licensed capacity.

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

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: Some in-person hearings at the Manitoba Labour Board started June 21. 

Licence suspensions: In-person hearings began July 6. 

Manitoba Public Insurance: Booking of new road tests for Classes 2-6 resumed July 8. MPI will only accept road test bookings Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m. through its website, by phone or at a service centre or Autopac agent. MPI resumed booking appointments for mobile driver testing sites on Aug. 10. Class 1 road tests and knowledge testing for semi-truck drivers resumed May 19.

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.


Court of Appeal continues to hear appeals and motions by videoconference or teleconference with a plan to resume in-person hearings Aug. 24.

Court of Queen’s Bench has resumed in-person trials for criminal, civil and child protection cases. Jury trials will resume in September. Small claims court hearings have resumed.

Provincial court continues to reopen on a staged and incremental basis with hearings open only to those necessary for the proceedings. Bails, sentencings and trials continue to be heard at the province’s major court centres. Proceedings at circuit court locations are resuming on a staggered basis.

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.


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.


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.


Bingo: Bingo halls can open at half capacity. 

Canadian Museum for Human Rights: Reopened.

Casinos: Allowed to open at 30 per cent capacity. None of the casinos are offering table games.

Centennial Concert Hall: All performances have been suspended.

Centre culturel franco-manitobain: Closed.

Children’s Museum: Closed

Cineplex: The Polo Park and St. Vital Centre theatres open at 30 per cent capacity.

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

Cre8ery Art Gallery: Open. Visitors must wear masks.

Dalnavert Museum and Visitor Centre: Open with some restrictions.

Landmark Cinemas: The Grant Park theatre is open at 30 per cent capacity.

Manitoba Chamber Orchestra: All shows have been cancelled.

Manitoba Museum: Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The Planetarium reopened Aug. 13 with three shows a day, Thursday through Sunday.

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

Plug In ICA: Open for appointments only.

Prairie Dog Central: Train operations are cancelled for 2020.

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. Mandatory mask policy took effect Aug. 11. 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.


Assiniboine Park: The conservancy has cancelled all of its summer events.  The zoo reopened outdoor areas on May 1.

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 streamed online.

Good Will Social Club: Reopened Tuesday-Saturday under reduced hours.

Icelandic Festival in Gimli: In-person events cancelled, but some virtual events were held.

Jazz Winnipeg festival: Jazz Winnipeg is hosting socially-distanced garden parties every Sunday. The festival is postponed.

Manitoba Airshow: Cancelled.

Manitoba Mega Train hobby show and sale, scheduled for Sept. 26 and 27, has been cancelled.

Manitoba Filipino Street Festival: Cancelled. 

Manitoba Open Farm Day: Cancelled

Manitoba Stampede: Cancelled.

Manitoba Ag Ex: The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba has cancelled the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, the Manitoba Summer Fair and the Manitoba Ag Ex, which had been scheduled for October.

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

Morden Corn and Apple Festival: Cancelled.

National Ukrainian Festival: In-person events cancelled, but some virtual events were held.

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 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: Cancelled for 2020, returning fall 2021.

Winnipeg Fringe Festival: Cancelled.


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. 

Faith-based services and pow wows can proceed at 30 per cent capacity.


Amusement parks: Permanent outdoor amusement parks can open with 50 per cent capacity.

Assiniboine Park Zoo: Open. Smaller buildings, play structures, gift shops and buildings with high-touch displays 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.

Movie theatres open at 30 per cent capacity, up to 500 people.

National Parks: Riding Mountain National Park open.

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.


A nearly empty CF Polo Park.



Many local businesses announced storefront closures or reduced hours. For the latest information on any specific shop, contact the individual business directly or check our directory of local businesses.


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 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.


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

High school athletics: Cancelled.

Manitoba 55+ Games: Cancelled.

Manitoba Games: Cancelled.

Manitoba Junior Baseball League: Regular season began June 28.

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: The Canadian Premier League began its truncated season at the University of Prince Edward Island on Aug. 13.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers: Training camp postponed indefinitely.

Winnipeg Goldeyes: The team is playing a 60-game season based in Fargo, one of three hub cities for the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.

Winnipeg Ice: The Western Hockey League has cancelled the 2019-20 regular season and playoffs. The 2020-21 season is scheduled to begin Dec. 4.

Winnipeg Jets: The remainder of the NHL regular season was cancelled. Best-of-five playoff qualifying series began Aug. 1, and the Jets were eliminated in four games.

WFPS Run: The annual half marathon, which usually happens in October, has been cancelled.

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.


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.


Updated on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 12:06 PM CDT: Updates hockey details.

August 10, 2020 at 9:21 AM: Updates information on indoor pools

12:52 PM: Updates driver testing and The Planetarium.

August 12, 2020 at 8:45 AM: Updates listing for Winnipeg Art Gallery

11:21 AM: Updates transit schedule

August 14, 2020 at 1:33 PM: Updates library, Valour FC and Manitoba Ag Ex information.

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