Dear Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Member,
I can honestly say red is not my favourite colour. It was never on the top of my list but after more than a week with increased restrictions, every time I see red I have to take a deep breath.
Now we’re faced with another shutdown of non-essential businesses starting Thursday. I didn’t think it would come to this but seeing what’s happened over the past few weeks, maybe it’s not much of a surprise. While it stings, we know our community is at risk and we all need to do our part to reduce case numbers and protect our most vulnerable. It’s heartbreaking to see what’s happening and I just hope the sacrifices our business community is making helps. To those who have to shut down, I want you to know we continue to advocate on your behalf. We worked with other business groups late last week to advocate for critical financial support now that we’re experiencing a second wave. If there’s a silver lining to today’s announcement, it’s that the Province has announced increased supports for businesses that are suffering. The details of what we know so far (restrictions and support) are outlined below. As always, please reach out if you have any questions. We’re here for you and we’ve got your back.
Province announces additional restrictions under the Critical (red) level
On Tuesday, Nov. 10, public health officials announced additional measures to reduce community spread of the virus. The following measures will come into effect on Thursday, Nov. 12, and will be in effect across the province:
- Social gatherings are not permitted. Social contacts reduced to your household only.
- Retail businesses listed as critical services, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, can remain open at 25 per cent capacity.
- Retail businesses not on the list are able to provide e-service, curbside pickup or delivery services.
- All personal service businesses, including hair salons, barbers and sites offering manicures, pedicures and other esthetic services, must close.
- Gyms and fitness centres must close.
- Religious and cultural gatherings must close or be provided virtually only.
- Restaurants must close to the public and may be open for delivery, drive-thru or takeout only.
- All recreational activities, sports facilities, casinos, museums, galleries, libraries, movie theatres and concert halls must close.
Public health officials are also encouraging people to work from home, reduce travel and remember everyone you have had recent contact with. Other restrictions including mandatory mask use in indoor public places remains in place. The province has also recently increased the fines for not complying with the orders.
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