Dear Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Member,
Ugh. I don’t know what else to say. I’m sorry to deliver this news. I think most Manitobans were glued to their TVs, phones or radios at 6 o’clock Friday evening so you may already be aware, but we wanted to be sure you have the details.
The Province has announced strict new public health orders that will come into effect Sunday, May 9. Bars, patios, gyms, fitness centres, and museums must close. Restaurants will only be allowed to operate for takeout and delivery and retail capacity will be further restricted.
Our team has been doing everything we can to encourage Winnipeggers to support downtown businesses and we commit to stepping that up. More importantly, we will advocate on your behalf and demand the Province provide increased financial supports for businesses in need as soon as possible.
Please feel free to share your concerns or ask questions over the weekend. We’ll do what we can to help.
New measures in effect Sunday, May 9 at 12:01 a.m.
- restaurants, bars and patios will close to in-person dining, but can still provide take-out and delivery services
- gyms and fitness centres will close
- casinos remain closed and VLTs will close
- museums, galleries and libraries will close
- personal services such as estheticians, barbers, salons and tanning salons will close
- retail stores, markets and garden centres will be able to be open at 10 per cent capacity, to a maximum of 100 people
- malls will be open to a maximum of 10 per cent of the facility’s capacity
- outdoor gatherings that include people from multiple households are limited to a maximum of five people
These changes will be in effect until Sunday, May 30.