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

Dear Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Member,

Yesterday we sent a letter urging the Manitoba Government to provide more financial support for downtown businesses. We also issued a news release this morning. We know the extension of restrictions means at least another two weeks of expenses without the revenue to cover costs. What we don’t know is exactly when restrictions will change but there is some direction.

I’m sure many Manitobans were eagerly awaiting the Province’s re-opening plan and while we understand the need for flexibility, you may be disappointed the plan doesn’t have all of the answers you need to plan ahead. We know you need clarity right now and we will work to try and get that.

Please reach out to us if you want to talk or have any questions.

Province’s re-opening to start as early as Canada Day

The Manitoba government announced the road to re-opening on Thursday, June 10 with its ‘4-3-2-One Great Summer’ Reopening Path. The Province says it is focusing on four re-opening categories, three holiday milestones, and two public responsibilities. Simply put, the Manitoba government says re-opening hinges on the public getting vaccinated and following public health orders.

Four re-opening categories

  • Gathering and socializing: private gatherings, youth day camps, in-person social services, etc.
  • Travel and tourism: travelling in & out of the province
  • Shopping and services: fewer restrictions on shopping, filling job vacancies
  • Dining out and entertainment: indoor and outdoor meals, drinks and entertainment

Vaccine rate targets

The Manitoba government says the following vaccination rates will have to be met before the re-opening phases will begin:

  • Canada Day (July 1): 75% of Manitobans 12 and up have their first dose & 25% of Manitobans have their second dose.
  • August Long (August 2): 75% of Manitobans 12 and up have their first dose & 50% of Manitobans have their second dose.
  • Labour Day (September 6): 80% of Manitobans 12 and up have their first dose & 75% of Manitobans have their second dose.

Three holiday milestones

The Province says these milestones will be put in place if vaccination rates are met. The tentative milestones are as follows:

  • Canada Day (July 1) - 25% or greater opening capacity for businesses, services and facilities
  • August Long (August 2) - 50% or greater opening capacity for businesses, services and facilities
  • Labour Day (September 6) - All services, facilities and businesses will reopen

Two public responsibilities

  • Getting both doses of the vaccine
  • Following all public health orders

More details are available on the Province’s 4-3-2 One Great Summer Re-opening Plan website.

No changes to restaurant, retail or personal services restrictions

On Wednesday, May 27 the provincial government announced modest changes to the current public health orders that only affect outdoor public and private gatherings. There is no easing of restrictions for businesses.

The previous public health orders are extended until June 26 at 12:01 a.m. Read the June 9 news release for more information.

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

Thank you,

Kate Fenske, CEO
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ