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

Dear member,

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is here to support you during this unprecedented time and we wanted to provide some clarification on the provincial government's Public Health Act that requires some businesses to close or change operations April 1-14, 2020.

In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of all Manitobans, the provincial government is restricting operations of non-critical businesses in the new public health order effective at midnight tonight.

Critical businesses include a number of sectors and services. The full list of critical businesses and how they can continue to operate is available in this PDF (See Schedule A).

We know many of you have already taken measures to help 'flatten the curve'. For non-critical businesses, there are still ways for you to meet the public health order and serve your customers safely. Below are some examples:

  • All restaurants and other commercial facilities that serve food are prohibited from serving food to customers in their premises. This prevents eat-in dining at all facilities. However, restaurants and other commercial facilities can prepare and serve food for delivery or takeout. If this takes place, the operator of the restaurant must ensure that all people maintain the appropriate social distancing from other customers when picking up food.

  • Retailers can still access their place of business for the purpose of fulfilling online or phone orders for deliveries and curbside pick-up. Retailers should not permit customers inside and should try to work remotely when they can. They can be on-site to manage the delivery/curbside pick-up.

Please note the above information does not include all of the exemptions. The Province has set-up a new website to provide information and answer questions regarding the Public Health Act. You can ask your own question or search other businesses' questions and the answers.

You can also find a continually updated list of supports and resources on our website. We've included resources on everything from government financial supports to public health guidance on keeping employees and customers safe.

If there are any other ways we can support you, please don't hesitate to reach out.


Thank you,

Kate Fenske, CEO
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ