Manitoba Closes Non-Essential Businesses From April 1

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Manitoba government has ordered all non-essential services to close under The Public Health Act as approved by the minister of health, seniors and active living to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of all Manitobans.

Currently, public gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people at any indoor or outdoor place or premises. This will remain in effect.

Premier Brian Pallister said, “These decisions are not easy ones, but they must be made during this global pandemic to protect the health and safety of all Manitobans. These new orders will ensure critical services are available while taking steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.”

Measures will be in place as of 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1:

  • All restaurants and other commercial facilities that serve food are prohibited from serving food to customers in their premises but can prepare and serve food for delivery or takeout. Restaurants must ensure that all people maintain the appropriate social distancing from other customers when picking up food.
  • All businesses that are not listed in the schedule of critical services must close between April 1 and April 14.
  • Municipal transit services, taxis and other private vehicles for hire can continue to operate. The operator of the vehicle must take measures to ensure there is a reasonable separation of people in a vehicle.



Supply chains

  1. that provides another business listed in this Schedule with goods or services necessary for the business to operate, including transportation and logistics management relating to those goods or services;
  2. that supports or facilitates the two-way movement of essential goods within integrated North American and global supply chains.

Retail and wholesale

  • A business that provides, either by wholesale or by retail sale, food or household consumer goods necessary for the safety, sanitation or operationof residences and businesses. Such a business includes a grocery store, supermarket, convenience store, butcher shop, bakery, market, hardware store and any other similar wholesale or retail business.
  • A business that provides personal protective equipment or protective clothing for use in the workplace.
  • A business that provides essential goods and services for the health and well-being of animals, including animal feed, pet food, and animal supplies such as bedding.
  • A gas station or other business that provides diesel, aviation, propane, heating fuel or other fuel used to power a motor vehicle, aircraft or watercraft.
  • A business that provides office supplies and services. The supplies and services include computer products and related repair and maintenance services for businesses and for individuals working from home.
  • A business that holds a retail liquor licence, a manufacturer’s licence, including a manufacturer’s licence with a retail endorsement, or a retail cannabis licence or that is authorized by the Government of Canada to produce cannabis.


  • A hotel or motel or a business that provides rental units or similar living accommodations, including student residences.

Institutional, residential, commercial and industrial maintenance

  • A business that provides support and maintenance services, including urgent repair, to maintain the safety, security, sanitation and essential operation of institutional, commercial, industrial and residential properties, and includes
    • property management services, including residential snow clearing;
    • services provided by skilled trades, such as plumbers, electricians and HVAC technicians;(c)custodial or janitorial services and cleaning services;
    • fire safety and sprinkler systems installation and monitoring; and(e)similar services provided by other service providers.

Telecommunications and information technology

  • A business that provides telecommunications services, such as phones and cell phones, internet services and radio, as well as support facilities necessary for support and service delivery, such as a call centre.
  • A business that provides information technology, and includes online services, software products and related support services, as well as technical facilities such as data centres and other network facilities.

Communications industries

  • A business that provides information through radio or television broadcasting, telecommunication services or newspaper publications.


  • A business that provides transportation services necessary for the activities of daily living.
  • A business that provides transportation services to other businesses or individuals by road, rail, air or water, including a business that provides logistical support, distribution services or warehousing and storage,ortruck stops.
  • A business that services or repairs vehicles, aircraft, watercraft, bicycles and includes car, truck and farm equipment dealerships and related facilities and auto supply stores and other similar retail businesses.
  • A business that provides towing services or roadside repair assistance.
  • A business that provides goods and services for the operation, maintenance and safety of the road, rail, air and water transportation systems.
  • A business that provides maintenance services such as clearing snow and completing necessary repairs to the transportation system.

Manufacturing and production

  • A business that manufactures or processes goods or materials, including a component manufacturer or a business that produces inputs used by another manufacturer.

Agriculture and food production

  • A business that is engaged in farming, harvesting, processing, manufacturing, producing or distributing food or farm products such as crops, animal products and by-products or beverages.
  • A business that is engaged in fishing, hunting or aquaculture.
  • A business that supports the food supply chain, including assembly yards, livestock auctions, food distribution hubs, feed mills, farm equipment suppliers, feed suppliers, food terminals and warehouses, animal processing plants and grain elevators.
  • A business that supplies agricultural producers with necessary products or services, such as seed, fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, agricultural equipment, custom application of herbicides and pesticides and the repair of agricultural equipment.
  • A business that supports the safety of food, including animal and plant health and animal well-being.
  • A business that provides veterinary services or that supplies veterinary or animal control medications and related supplies and testing kits.
  • A business involved in ensuring the safe and effective management of animal waste, and includes a business responsible for the disposal of dead animals, rendering, nutrient management and biohazardous materials treatment or disposal.


  • A business engaged in construction work or services in the industrial, commercial, institutional and residential sectors, including demolition services and expanding, renovating, converting or repurposing existing spaces.
  • A business engaged in construction work or services that are required to ensure safe and reliable operations of provincial and municipal infrastructure.
  • A business engaged in construction work or services that supports environmental rehabilitation projects.


  • A business engaged in the capital markets.
  • A bank, credit union or caisse populaire.
  • A business that is a payday lender or a cheque-cashing service.
  • A business that provides insurance services, and includes the adjustment of insurance claims.34.A business that provides pension services and employee benefits services.
  • A business that provides financial services, including any of the following:
    • payment processing;
    • the payroll division of any employer or an entity whose operation is the administration of payroll.
  • A business that deals in securities or manages financial portfolios.

Natural resources

  • A business engaged in the extraction or processing of natural resources, such as minerals, forest products, oil and gas, or aggregates, including a business engaged in the production or sale of biofuels.38.A business engaged in natural resource exploration and development.
  • A business that provides supplies or materials used in the natural resource sector.
  • A business that supplies or ensures the supply of natural resources, such as petroleum and petroleum by-products or aggregate, to other businesses.
  • A business that supports the health and safety of natural resource extraction or processing operations.

Environmental services

  • A business that supports environmental management or monitoring services or that provides environmental clean-up and response services or services in respect of industrial sewage or effluent, and includes environmental consulting firms, septic haulers, portable toilet suppliers, well drillers, pesticide applicators and exterminators.
  • A business that provides laboratory services in respect of water or wastewater.
  • A business engaged in waste collection or recycling, waste and sewage treatment and disposal, the operation of a land fillor hazardous waste disposal

Utilities and public works

  • A business that operates a utility, and includes a business that provides goods, materials and services needed for the delivery of utilities, such as potable drinking water, electricity and natural gas.
  • A business engaged in or supporting the operation, maintenance or repair of provincial or municipal infrastructure, such as railways, dams, bridges, highways, erosion control structures and water control works.


  • A business that maintains research facilities and engages in research, including medical research and other research and development activities.
  • A business that provides goods and services that support research activities

Health care, seniors care and social services

  • A business that provides land medical emergency response services, air medical response services or stretcher transportation services.
  • A business that provides home care services.
  • A child and family services authority and a child and family services agency.
  • A business that operates a personal care home, supportive housing or an assisted living facility.
  • A business that provides personal support services in-home or provides residential services for children or for individuals with physical or mental disabilities, including developmental disabilities.
  • A business that provides or supports the provision of food, shelter, safety or protection, or social services and other necessities of life to economically disadvantaged and other vulnerable individuals, including food banks, family violence, and abuse shelters, homeless shelters, community housing, supportive housing, services that promote or protect the welfare of children, services to newcomers, and custody and detention programs for persons in conflict with the law.
  • A business, including a pharmacy or other business, engaged in the manufacturing, wholesaling, distribution or retail sale of pharmaceutical goods and medical supplies, such as medications, medical isotopes, vaccines and antivirals, medical devices and medical supplies.
  • A business engaged in providing logistic services or manufacturing or distributing goods or services that support the delivery of health care, and includes a business that provides laboratory services
  • A business that provides mental health or addictions supports or services, such as counselling.
  • A business that provides goods or services that support the health sector including the sale, rental or repair of assistive devices, mobility devices or medical devices, and other similar devices or supplies.

Justice sector

  • A business that provides professional or social services supports in the justice system.

Professional services

  • A lawyer, paralegal, accountant, translator, veterinarian, engineer or geoscientist.61.A regulatory body of a profession.

Other businesses

  • A business that provides rental and leasing services, including renting or leasing automobiles and commercial and light industrial machinery and equipment.
  • A business that provides mailing, shipping, courier or delivery services, including post office boxes.64.A business that operates a laundromat or provides dry cleaning or laundry services.
  • A business that provides funeral, mortician, cremation, transfer or burial services, or any related goods and products such as coffins and embalming fluid.
  • A business that operates a land registration service, provides real estate services or moving services.
  • A business that provides security services, including private security guards, or provides monitoring or surveillance equipment and services.68.A business that provides staffing services, including temporary help.
  • A business that provides tax preparation services.
  • A business that provides travel consulting services
  • .A business that supports the safe operations of residences and critical businesses.
  • A business that provides arboriculture or lawn care services.
  • A business that provides for the health and well-being of animals, including farms, boarding kennels, stables, animal shelters, zoos, aquariums, research facilities and other service providers.
  • A business that provides child care services for essential workers, and home child care services provided for eight or fewer children.

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