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

Dear Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Member,

Province announces early move to re-opening plan

On June 23, the Province announced changes to the public health orders starting 12:01 a.m. on June 26. Manitobans achieved and surpassed the first key vaccination benchmarks in the ‘4-3-2 One Great Summer’ Reopening Path and will see restrictions start to lift slightly earlier than July 1.

Here’s what will change for businesses:

  • Retail businesses to open with increased capacity at 25 per cent to a limit of 250 persons, with no restrictions on the number of household members permitted to shop together.

  • Personal service businesses (hair and nail salons, estheticians, barbers, etc.) to reopen at 50 per cent capacity, appointments required.

  • Restaurants and bars to reopen at 25 per cent capacity for indoors and 50 per cent for outdoor dining.
      • For indoor dining, patrons seated together must be from the same household unless all patrons at the table are fully immunized (two vaccine doses plus two weeks from the time of their second dose). Patrons who are fully immunized and from different households may dine together.
      • For outdoor dining, tables are limited to a maximum of 8 patrons and can be from different households regardless of immunization status.

  • Gyms and fitness facilities may reopen for individual and group fitness classes at 25 per cent capacity with three metres distance maintained between patrons.

  • Public outdoor gathering sizes to increase to 25 persons (i.e. fitness classes held outdoors).

  • Private outdoor gathering sizes to increase to 10 persons (i.e. in someone’s backyard).

  • Indoor dance, music, theatre and other organized sports and recreation activities may reopen at 25 per cent capacity to a limit of five persons, with no tournaments allowed.

These orders are scheduled to expire at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2. For more detailed information, read the Province’s June 23 news release.

Manitoba Bridge Grant increases eligibility

Yesterday, the Province announced changes to the Manitoba Bridge Grant eligibility. New applicants will not receive retro-active grants, and the changes will not include businesses that previously received a Manitoba Bridge Grant. The Province says this is not another round of grant funding, but rather an increase in eligibility.

New and seasonal businesses that were not operating as of the original Nov. 10 program deadline are encouraged to apply now. You can check Manitoba Bridge Grant eligibility on the Government of Manitoba website. The deadline to apply is July 16, 2021.

Read the Manitoba Bridge Grant news release for more information.

Join the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Board of Directors!
Please read this message from our board:

Do you love downtown Winnipeg and want to be a part of its continued growth and success? The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is seeking board members to provide thoughtful guidance and leadership as it continues to make downtown the premier community in Winnipeg.

As the largest Business Improvement Zone (BIZ) in the city, our BIZ has an extensive mandate to assist with advocacy, cleaning and maintenance, beautification, events, safety, and marketing—all with an aim to creating a vibrant and inclusive downtown where businesses thrive and people are drawn to live, shop, and explore.

If you:

  • Are a business owner or employee of a for-profit company located in downtown Winnipeg.
  • Have previous board experience (preferred but not essential).
  • Are passionate about downtown and would like to share your insights on how the BIZ can support businesses and residents through events, services, and initiatives – then we want to hear from you!

Important information:

  • We meet eight times a year.
  • We are a policy board, meaning we are focused on strategy and oversights of operations; we are not responsible for operational duties.
  • Throughout the year we have training opportunities on topics such as Reconciliation and non-profit operations.
  • Board members also serve on at least one sub-committee with other members of the community.
  • From time to time, there are opportunities for us to represent the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ at local functions and community events.

To apply for the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ board, send a resume and short message about why you want to join the board to

- The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ board

As always, please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions:

Thank you,

Kate Fenske, CEO
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ