The province of Manitoba had moved to the Critical level (red) on Thursday, November 12 on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. From January 23, the province will ease some of its Covid-19 restrictions.
Social distancing norms and Public Health orders will be in effect. Mandatory use of masks in indoor spaces, City facilities, and vehicles, including Winnipeg Transit and Winnipeg Transit Plus, noise restrictions at licensed facilities, and reducing liquor service hours are also in force.
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- Two designated people (family or friends) to visit a household under a new ‘rule of two’
- Outdoor visits of up to five people only plus members of a household on an outdoor private property
- Funerals – up to 10 people in addition to the officiant
WHAT IS OPEN
Parks & Outdoor
- City parks and dog parks, trails, athletic fields, and active transportation pathways will remain open; however, residents are reminded to observe appropriate physical distancing while using these spaces
- Provincial Parks Open — Read the Covid-19 regulations before visiting.
- National Parks and Historic Sites (Outdoor) are open – Plan ahead
- Residents can access the connected walkway system from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. The skywalks are closed on weekends.
- The underground concourse at Portage & Main can be accessed from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, and is closed on Sundays.
- Millennium Library Parkade patrons will still have street-level access to the stairwell entrance to the parkade. Access to the parkade via the elevator in the Millennium Library will be available for use between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays.
- Toboggan hillsand winter slides, outdoor pleasure rinks in City parks, outdoor rinks at community centres are open.
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- Oak Hammock Marsh trails will remain open. The Wetland Discovery Centre will reopen on February 15th.
- The Living Prairie Museum trails remain open. Do note that the interpretive centre is closed.
- Park greenspaces including the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden and English Garden are open. The art galleries at The Pavilion are temporarily closed. The Riley Family Duck Pond is open for skating. The Riley Family Duck Pond shelter washrooms will OPEN. The gathering area around the fireplace will remain closed. Masks are required in all indoor spaces, including public washrooms. The Park Café will OPEN for indoor dining.
- Trails at FortWhyte Alive (Temporarily reduced admission of $5)
- Forks will be open to skate, bike, cross-country ski, and walk. However, there are no indoor skate change areas, no indoor restrooms and no skate rentals.
- The Centennial River Trail are now open for public skating, walking, biking, and cross-country skiing. New access rampshave been installed to connect residents to The Winnipeg Foundation Centennial River Trail.
- Walk or skate the beautiful Arctic Glacier Winter Park, day or night. The Upper Trails are all open, providing 1.2km of walking and skating trails that link the CN Stage Rink and Canopy Rink.
- Assiniboine Park & Zoo – The Toucan Ridge, Gateway to the Arctic, The gibbon pavilion, and Indoor dining at Tundra Grill will be open from Saturday, February 13th. Wild Things Unique Gifts will be open. All other indoor exhibits, including the Polar Playground, will remain closed at this time.
- Manitoba Museum will reopen from March 4, Thursday to Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM
- Canadian Museum for Human Rights will reopen from Tuesday, February 23, Tuesday to Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM
- Winnipeg Art Gallery is reopening on February 14th; Tuesdays – Sundays, 11 AM – 5 PM (Friday 9 PM); Open on Monday,. February 15.
- Dalnavert Museum will reopen on March 5
- Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum – Boutique is open, Exhibits are closed
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Food & Grocery
- Grocery Stores Open at 25 percent capacity
- St Norbert Farmers’ Market – Buy online 24/7
- The Forks Market – Retail tenants on the first and second floor will begin to reopen starting January 23, 2021. Hours will vary and not all tenants will be open right away. Tall Grass, Fergies, and Ellement are open for counter take out service. All other food tenants are still closed to the public but many are available for curbside pick up and delivery. All other Forks Market tenants are closed to the public but many are offering curbside pick up or delivery.
- Johnston Terminal – Select retail tenants and the building will open beginning Saturday, January 23, 2021. Hours will vary by tenant.
- All stores can open with occupancy limits of 25 percent only or a maximum of 250 people, whichever is lower.
City Services & Other Facilities
Please note: Face masks are required in City facilities and vehicles, including Winnipeg Transit and Winnipeg Transit Plus
- Garbage, recycling & yard waste
- Check if your Community Centre is open
- The temporary patio requirements are in effect until October 31, 2020. New winter patio registrations will be accepted as of October 14, 2020 and will be in effect from November 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
- Winnipeg Transit
- Winnipeg Transit Plus – Winter-only service from October 30
- In-home visits for emergency utility services will continue
- The waiver period allowing the deferral of tax payment without penalty is in effect until November 30, 2020.
- The Winnipeg Police Headquarters Service Centre located at 245 Smith Street
- Brookside, Transcona, and St. Vital cemeteries remain open to the public
- Contactless holds pick-up & return services available at 10 Winnipeg Public Library branches. Beginning March 1, 2021, all branches will reopen for holds pick-up & return service, with the exception of Cornish Library.
Until June 30, 2021, the following are changes related to parking:
- Offering one-hour complimentary parking at all metered locations throughout Winnipeg. Please note, there is no requirement to pay for parking in order to receive the one-hour complimentary parking. This is not to be combined with the existing two-hour complimentary Saturday parking in the Downtown area.
- Relaxing enforcement of 1-2 hour time limits on residential streets with the exception of streets around Deer Lodge Centre where there are ongoing parking availability issues; however, residents must obey all other parking restrictions (i.e. obstructing fire hydrants, parking too close to intersections, etc.).
- Adding temporary 15-minute loading zones in various locations throughout the Downtown and the Exchange District to benefit local businesses.
Most city services can be accessed online or over the phone.
- Interior residential property inspections will be completed through photos or via phone
- Building permit applications; For those who cannot complete applications through the digital process, completed permit applications can be dropped off at the customer service window at 31-30 Fort St.
- Athletic field Bookings
- In-home inspection appointments
- Water meter readings can be provided via phone 204-986-4445 or online at MyUtilityBill.
- Open fire or fireworks permits Licensed Service Persons applications and renewals can be obtained by emailing email@example.com or calling the WFPS Fire Prevention Branch at 204-986-8200.
- Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) has expanded the types of reports residents can make online.
- Online Winnipeg Public Library
WHAT IS CLOSED
Attractions & Facilities Closed
- All of our recreation and leisure programs and services, including Leisure Guide programming, are suspended until further notice. In addition, all City-owned and operated recreation facilities, gyms, indoor pools, and arenas are closed until further notice.
- All City-owned and operated playgrounds, skate parks, and recreational sports fields
- The City of Winnipeg Archives at 50 Myrtle St
- The City of Winnipeg service counter at the Bilingual Service Centre, 170 Goulet St.
- The Council Building at City Hall
- City Hall wedding ceremonies
- All interior residential property inspections are suspended
- All in-person public engagement opportunities
- By-Law Enforcement Services
- The Zoning & Permits Branch, located at 31-30 Fort St., will not be accepting walk-in customers.
- The Parking Store, located at 495 Portage Ave.
- Water meter reading and inspections, as well as water meter returns, removals, and replacements, are suspended
- Dine-in services at Restaurants
Tourist Attractions Closed
Opening dates of the following are yet to be announced.
- Assiniboia Downs & all OTBs
- The Manitoba Museum – reopening on March 4
- Saint-Boniface Museum
- Transcona Museum – reopening early March
- Manitoba Children’s Museum
- Dalnavert Museum and Visitors’ Centre – reopening March 5
- Rumor’s Restaurant & Comedy Club
- Royal Canadian Mint
- Seven Oaks House Museum – closed for the season
- Ross House Museum – closed for the season