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Downtown Winnipeg BIZ: Memo - The latest information for BIZ Members

Dear Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Member,

On Aug. 3, the Province announced changes to the public health orders starting at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August 7. These changes include moving from masks required to recommended for indoor public spaces. At the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, our staff will continue to mask up at work. For any downtown businesses who plan to keep mask-wearing policies in place, we support you.

The following changes come into effect on Saturday

The following sectors can open without restrictions:

  • Gyms and fitness centres.

  • Libraries.

  • Personal services such as hair and nail salons.

  • Retail businesses, markets, garden centres and malls.

Other sectors will see the following changes:

  • Restaurants and bars will no longer need to restrict the size or space between tables and dining will not be restricted to households or vaccinated individuals Patrons will still be expected to avoid congregating or socializing between tables.

  • Museums, galleries and movie theatres will remain limited to 50 per cent capacity but will no longer be restricted to vaccinated individuals.

  • Casinos and bingo halls, professional sporting events and concert halls will continue to be limited to vaccinated individuals. All these facilities may now open to 100 per cent capacity.still required).

  • Remote working will no longer be recommended or required. Workplaces will be encouraged to focus on risk-reduction principles to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19.

Reporting cases of COVID-19:

  • Workplaces must continue to report cases to government and public health-confirmed transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace may result in workplaces being ordered to close for a minimum of 10 days.

The Manitoba government says they are moving from restrictions to recommendations. Provincial public health officials strongly recommend the following:

  • Wearing masks in indoor public spaces for everyone who is not fully immunized including children under 12.

  • Maintaining physical distancing of two metres (six feet) in indoor settings.

These orders are scheduled to expire at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7. For more detailed information, read the Province’s Aug. 3 news release.

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Thank you,

Kate Fenske, CEO
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ