In accordance with directives from Manitoba public health authorities, many festivals, and events across Manitoba are being postponed and cancelled to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19.
Update April 6: City Council has declared a state of local emergency for Winnipeg in response to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. This will give the City the authority to acquire additional resources to deal with the pandemic as required. This will give local authorities the power for 14 days to take action to prevent or limit the loss of life and damage to property or the environment.
Manitoba suspends classroom learning for K-12 indefinitely until the end of the school year. Child-care centres located in schools will continue to operate.
- All Manitobans, including health care providers, are strongly advised to cancel or postpone any non-essential international travel.
- Public health officials are recommending all international travellers should self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after returning to Canada.
Update April 3: The City is waiving penalties for unpaid property and business taxes for up to 3 months following their due date.
- Property taxes due on June 30, 2020 (fees waived until September 30, 2020)
- Business taxes due on May 29, 2020 (fees waived until August 31, 2020)
The City is also waiving Tax Instalment Payment Plan (TIPP) program fees on both property and business taxes for the period of April 1, 2020 until October 1, 2020. There will be no enrolment fee for the program and no penalty fee as a result of non-sufficient funds (NSF) during that time. This program allows you to make regular monthly payments and avoid having to pay your entire tax bill at once.
The Assessment & Taxation’s front counter at 457 Main St. is closed until further notice. Services can be availed online.
Effective Monday, April 6 to Sunday, May 3:
Four streets in Winnipeg will be designated as bicycle/active transportation routes:
- Lyndale Drive – Cromwell Street to Gauvin Street
- Scotia Street – Anderson Avenue (at St. Cross Street) to Armstrong Avenue
- Wellington Crescent – Academy Road (at Wellington Crescent) to Guelph Street
- Wolseley Avenue – Raglan Road to Maryland Street
These routes limit motor vehicle traffic to one block throughout the designated area, and are normally in place on Sundays, from June to September. At this time, they will be in place daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until May 3. The City will re-evaluate at the beginning of May to determine if the designation needs to be extended.
Effective 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 30:
• Public gatherings will be limited to no more than 10 people including places of worship, gatherings and family events. Health care or social services are provided including child-care centres and homeless shelters are excluded.
• Retail businesses & Public transportation facilities must ensure separation of 1 to 2 metres between patrons
What is Open
- Only Essential Services From April 1
- Winnipeg Transit remain operational with enhanced cleaning protocols – Effective Thursday, March 19, Winnipeg Transit will be suspending in-office and community assessments of individuals who require those services to determine their eligibility, or to re-register, for Winnipeg Transit Plus.
- Public access to Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Stations is temporarily restricted to emergencies only.
- Services offered by the City Clerk’s Department located on the main floor of the Susan A. Thompson Building, 510 Main St. will be available on Weekdays 10 am – 2 pm. Appeals can be submitted via email to email@example.com. Appeal fees, if any, should be paid over the phone or by email.
- City parks and dog parks remain open at this time; however, residents are reminded to observe appropriate social distancing while using these spaces.
- Manitoba Parks (as of March 24): Parks remain open for you to visit and enjoy the outdoors. Hike, bike or ski to get some fresh air, embrace the outdoors and become healthy by nature. You MUST practice social distancing at all times. Stay over 2 metres away from other persons. Announce your presence on trails if approaching someone from behind. Pack out everything you packed in and keeps pets on a short leash.
- Shopping Centres & Restaurants – Check which is open before travelling.
- Winnipeg Restaurants are open for take-out or delivery (list).
- Easter Brunch, Chocolates and Easter Baskets Take Out & Delivery in Winnipeg
What is Closed – Events & Facilities
- Effective at the end of the business day on Friday, March 20, several front-line service counters will be closed.
- Suspension of non-essential in home appointments and reduction of non-essential services. See a comprehensive listing of service impacts by City department here.
- All City-owned and operated recreation centres, pools, and libraries will be closed to the public effective Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice. More information is available online, including listings of City-owned and operated recreation centres, pools, and libraries. Community athletic fields (soccer, football, etc.), basketball courts, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, and skate parks will not be operating.
- Leisure Guide programming will also be cancelled effective March 16 until further notice. The 2020 Spring/Summer Leisure Guide registration that was originally planned for March 17, 2020 has been postponed until further notice.
- Animal Services, Assessment & Taxation, City of Winnipeg Archives are closed
- The Community Services Department’s front counters located at 395 Main St. are closed to the public until further notice.
- By-Law Enforcement Services has suspended all interior residential and commercial property inspections.
- Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre will be closed until further notice
- Public Galleries of the Legislative Assembly Chamber and Committee rooms are closed. Tours and programming offered by the Legislative Building are postponed until further notice.
- Cineplex Theatres
- TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival Postponed
- Landmark Theatres
- All Assiniboine Park attractions
- Gas Station Arts Centre
- Sport Manitoba Fitness Centre
- Rumor’s Restaurant & Comedy Club
- Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum
- Assiniboia Downs
- Manitoba Children’s Museum will be temporarily closed from Monday, March 16. All bookings and special events are also being suspended.
- All Winnipeg Jets Games Cancelled Until Further Notice – All NHL games suspended.
- All Winnipeg Ice Games Cancelled Until Further Notice
- All Manitoba Moose suspended until further notice.
- Winnipeg Art Gallery will be temporarily closed, effective Saturday, March 14, 2020 until further notice.
- Centre culturel franco-manitobain has suspended programming until Monday, March 16, 2020.
- Rady JCC has postponed/cancelled all events until April 28, 2020
- Royal MTC has cancelling all performances of A Thousand Splendid Suns.
- Manitoba Theatre for Young People has cancelled, kids’ show Beep scheduled for March 20 – 29, 2020.
- All WSO performances has been cancelled until March 31, 2020
- Sport Manitoba Performance has suspending its programming for the time being and closing access to the training centre. Night of Champions, Coaching Awards are Both Cancelled
- Canadian Museum for Human Rights will be temporarily closed, effective Saturday, March 14, 2020 until further notice.
- The Manitoba Museum will be temporarily closed, effective Saturday, March 14, 2020 until further notice.
- Royal Canadian Mint will be temporarily closed, effective Saturday, March 14, 2020 until further notice.
- Transcona Museum has cancelled all upcoming events, including Spring Break, Small Talk Tuesday, and White Glove Tour.
- Manitoba 150 outdoor concert, Unite 150 postponed.
- Prairie Theatre Exchange
- The Park Theatre
- Théâtre Cercle Molière
- Shakespeare in the Ruins’ The Winter Tale is postponed.
- The Cinematheque
- The following events at the Prairie Theatre Exchange are cancelled
- The following events at the Centennial Concert Hall are cancelled/postponed
- for King & Country on March 18, 2020 – Postponed
- Musique et arts en fête – March 17, 2020, School Concert – Cancelled
- Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto on March 20 – 21, 2020
- I did It For Love – Luminous CD release party – March 27 – Postponed
- Alice Cooper on April 11, 2020 – Postponed
- L.A. Dance on sale postponed until April 25, 2020
- All events at Club Regent Casino until April 5, 2020.
- The following events at Bell MTS are postponed
- Celtic Illusion on March 14, 2020
- Bowie Celebration: Bowie Alumni Diamond Dogs & Ziggy Stardust on March 17, 2020
- The Black Hole Tour with Lawrence Krauss on April 24, 2020
- Matthew Good on April 28, 2020
- The following events at Burton Cummings Theatre
- Disney On Ice on March 13 – 15, 2020 – Cancelled
- The Glorious Sons on March 21, 2020 – Postponed
- Celine Dion on April 27, 2020 – Postponed
- Rage Against the Machine on May 7, 2020 – Postponed
- Baby Shark Live on June 20, 2020 – Postponed
- All Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association and Manitoba Soccer Association events are postponed
- The following Cluster festival events has been cancelled/postponed
- Winnipeg Scottish Festival scheduled for March 21, 2020 has been cancelled
- Hockey Manitoba has cancelled all sanctioned games and programs
- 2020 U Sports men’s and women’s volleyball championships are cancelled.
- Manitoba/Saskatchewan Open swimming championship has been cancelled
- Public galleries of the Manitoba Legislative Building will be closed and tours are cancelled until further notice
- Annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic scheduled for May 31st is cancelled
- World of Wheels has cancelled the show